International passengers from five countries to undergo mandatory RTPCR tests before departure 

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Amid sudden global rise of Covid cases, the health ministry has made RT PCR test mandatory for international passengers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand before their departure.

“International passengers travelling from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand to India will be mandatorily required to undergo RTPCR tests before their departure from these countries/destinations and upload the COVID negative RTPCR test report on Air Suvidha portal from 1st January 2023”, said union health ministry on Thursday.

The test should have been conducted within 72 hours of undertaking the journey to India. This requirement is in addition to the random 2 per cent tests of all international passengers in all incoming international flights on their arrival to India irrespective of port of departure.

Meanwhile, India reported total 268 fresh Covid cases on Thursday in the last 24 hrs. The active caseload of the country stands at 3,552 cases, accounting for 0.01 per cent of the country’s total positive cases. 

The weekly positive rate of the country currently stands at 0.17 per cent, while the daily positive rate stands at 0.11 per cent.