Amid declining Covid cases in the country, the Center on Thursday relaxed the travel norms for passengers from China and other six countries. However, the random testing of 2 per cent travelers coming to India will continue.
Updating the ‘Guidelines for International Arrivals’, the health ministry has dropped the existing requirements of pre-departure COVID-19 testing and uploading of Self-Health Declaration for international travellers coming from/via China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Japan.
In a letter to the Civil Aviation ministry, the health ministry has said, “As has been witnessed in the last 4 weeks, these Countries are witnessing a sustained and significant decline in trajectory of COVID-19 cases. Further, as per World Health Organization’s latest situational update on COVID-19, a decline of 89% in the number of newly confirmed cases in the past 28 days has been noted globally as compared to 28 days prior to that”.
“Meanwhile, India has continued to witness a declining trajectory, with less than 100 new cases/day are being reported. In view of the above, this Ministry is updating its ‘Guidelines for International Arrivals’, and dropping the existing requirements of pre-departure COVID-19 testing and uploading of Self-Health Declaration on Ministry of Civil Aviation’s ‘Air Suvidha’ portal applicable for international travellers coming from/via China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Japan”, health ministry has said in a letter to the ministry of Civil Aviation.
Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has said in the letter, “In order to monitor infections due to mutated variants of SARS-CoV-2 among international travellers to India, the present exercise of random testing of 2% travellers to India (irrespective of Country of origin) upon arrival India shall continue”.
The new arrangement will come into the practice from 11:00 AM on February 13.