SARS-Cov-2 guidelines for passengers travelling to India from China

The ministry of health and family welfare also said that Air Suvidha portal has to be made operational for international passengers.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  2 Jan 2023 12:06 PM GMT
SARS-Cov-2 guidelines for passengers travelling to India from China

Hyderabad: International travellers from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, and Japan to India have to undergo mandatory pre-departure RT-PCR tests 72 hours before undertaking the journey.

It is expected that cases will peak in China in January as there will be a lot of travellers from across the world and within the country for the Chinese New Year which falls on 22 January 2023.

Keeping this in mind, the government of India issued guidelines on Monday as Covid-19 cases in China continues to rise. Those who are travelling to South East Asian countries and back to India are expected to get RT-PCR tests before boarding the flight. With different variants of SARS-CoV-2 reported in these countries, the Central government is exercising caution.

The ministry of health and family welfare also said that Air Suvidha portal has to be made operational for international passengers. The negative RT-PCR test has to be uploaded along with a self-declaration form of their health. The ministry made it clear that random RT-PCR testing will be carried out at international airports in India, irrespective of the country from where the traveller has departed. Random tests will be carried out for 2% of the travellers who are found to suffer from cold, cough, and fever.

The international airports started conducting random testing from 1 January and it will continue in view of the evolving situation in South East Asian countries and China.

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