Posted on 17th Feb, 2022 by Malvika Varma , Updated 3 months ago
COVID-19 has impacted the tourism industry and international travel from India. As more and more people are getting vaccinated, there is a drop in people getting infected with the coronavirus. Concerning the recent scenario, International arrivals to India have been given relaxation by the Government. The revised COVID-19 guidelines are effective from February 14, 2022, till further orders.
Due to the dip in the cases, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has announced a decision. If a passenger is fully vaccinated, the RT-PCR test is no longer required. The guidelines and the list of countries where international travel to India is allowed are pretty dynamic. It keeps getting updated based on the country-specific COVID-19 situation. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has directed the district magistrates and health officials. The revised international travel guidelines at the IGI Airport are to be followed.
International passengers will have to upload their COVID-19 vaccination certificates on the Air Suvidha portal. Air Suvidha portal is the Government’s portal that provides a safe and hassle-free process for the arrival of international passengers. The relevant details of the passengers are digitally documented at the country entry points using the Air Suvidha portal.
The self-declaration form must be filled out and submitted at the Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel, including the last 14 days’ travel details. This self-declaration form is to be shown at the time of arrival. If the documents are found fake, the passenger will be liable for criminal prosecution. As the COVID-19 cases plummeted across the globe, the new COVID guidelines are announced by the ministry. It mandates that two percent of the total passengers in a flight will be subjected to undergo random testing at the airport. The samples will be sent for genome testing, and the passengers are allowed to leave.
During the random screening, the passengers who will be found symptomatic will be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility. If a passenger in flight is tested positive, respected officials will trace the contacts, and the appropriate measures will be taken. A week-long quarantine is now not required. Instead, all the travelers will self-monitor their health for the next 14 days. If symptoms of COVID-19 develop, the traveler must immediately self-isolate and contact the nearest medical facility for medical assistance.
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A: As the latest guidelines from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, all international passengers arriving in India have to mandatory fill the self declaration form. All international passengers have to declare their present health status in an online system called Air Suvidha. This form needs to filled and submitted before boarding the flight.
A: After submission, the self declaration form is forwarded to the Airport Health Organization (APHO) which comes under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The updated application document is sent to the email address of the passengers. On arrival, passengers must show the received updated document at the APHO counter and proceed for immigration.
A: Yes, the self declaration form is mandatory for all international passengers.
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