New Delhi: India on Wednesday issued a revised travel advisory for international visitors, making a negative RT-PCR test report a must for all.
The fresh travel advisory says that fully-vaccinated travellers coming from a country with which India has arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO approved Covid-19 vaccines shall be allowed to leave the airport after producing a negative RT-PCR test report, and will not have to undergo home quarantine and testing.
The revised guidelines will come into effect from October 25.
India has agreements for mutual recognition of nationally or WHO recognised Covid-19 vaccines with 11 countries - the UK, France, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary, and Serbia.
Travellers from these countries who are fully vaccinated and have passed 15 days since the completion of vaccination, shall be allowed to leave the airport and have to monitor their health for 14 days post-arrival, according to the revised guidelines.
They will have to submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before their scheduled travel and upload a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report, conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey. The travellers will also have to submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report.
"The global trajectory of Covid-19 pandemic continues to decline with certain regional variations. In view of increasing vaccination coverage across the globe and the changing nature of the pandemic, the existing guidelines for international arrivals in India have been reviewed," the government said.
Travellers from the countries with which India does not have a mutual agreement have to take extra measures like submission of sample for post-arrival Covid test at the point of arrival, home quarantine for seven days, re-test on the eighth day of arrival in India and if negative, further self-monitoring of their health for next seven days, irrespective of their Covid-19 vaccination status.
The guidelines say that the travellers from countries. excluding those countries at risk, will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days' post arrival. This is applicable to travellers from all countries including countries with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO approved Covid-19 vaccines.
The list of countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India include South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and countries in Europe including the UK.