India opens its borders to international travellers, Covid-19 cases reduce recovery rates and vaccination program becomes aggressive without the hassles of compulsory quarantine. The new guidelines said that fully vaccinated travelers from countries with India having a reciprocal arrangement to accept World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines will be allowed to enter the country without having to undergo home quarantine and testing from October 25. However, travelers will have to show a negative Covid-19 Rt-PCR report.
Latest SoPs for foreigners or travelers from other countries to India
Passengers who have not been vaccinated or have been partially vaccinated need to take measures such as submitting a post-arrival sample for Covid-19 testing which can leave the airport and home quarantine for seven days. A retest will be done eight days after arrival after home quarantine, and if the result is negative, the person will be allowed out but will need to self-monitor health for the next seven days.
- All travelers need to submit a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha online portal along with their Covid-19 RT-PCR report for their convenience. The test must be taken within 72 hours before the flight and no more than that.
- Acknowledgment of the authenticity of the report is required and the traveler will be liable to criminal prosecution if the report is found to have been obtained through corrupt means.
- Passengers from countries except those at high risk with full vaccination certificates, and negative RT-PCR reports will be allowed to leave the airport but must self-monitor health for 14 days of arrival. This applies to all countries including those with which India has a reciprocal arrangement.
- If travelers develop symptoms or test positive for Covid-19, that person should inform the nearest health facility or call the 1075 helpline.
The new protocols will be followed at all entry points, be it airports, seaports or land borders, to profile travelers’ risks. The ministry also clarified that based on the risk assessment, the document will be reviewed from time to time.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has started granting new tourist visas to foreigners coming to India through charter flights from October 15, 2021, and those entering India by flights other than chartered aircraft will be allowed to enter from November 15, 2021 on a new tourist. visas.