RT-PCR must to get boarding passes for flyers from China, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Japan

Civil Aviation Ministry asks airlines to ensure that their check-in processes incorporate changes to ensure that its order on boarding passes is executed

December 30, 2022 09:38 pm | Updated December 31, 2022 12:03 pm IST - NEW DELHI

A woman walks past a billboard with a COVID-19 awareness message at the Anna International Airport in Chennai on December 22, 2022.

A woman walks past a billboard with a COVID-19 awareness message at the Anna International Airport in Chennai on December 22, 2022. | Photo Credit: AFP

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has written to the airlines asking them to ensure that no boarding passes are issued to passengers from China and four other countries who fail to submit their self-declaration form, on the Air Suvidha portal.

The Ministry letter has asked the airlines to ensure that their check-in processes must incorporate the changes to ensure that its order on boarding passes is executed.

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Starting January 1, passengers arriving from China, Singapore, the Republic of Korea (South Korea), Thailand and Japan will have to mandatorily upload an RT-PCR negative report along with a self-declaration form containing their COVID-19 history, in order to be allowed to travel so that the government agencies can conduct contact tracing, when needed.

Passengers transiting from one of these high-risk countries without completing immigration in that country will however, not be required to complete the formalities, Delhi airport said in a post on social media.

Amidst concerns among the tourism and hospitality industry in the country on the impact of the government’s decision on mandatory testing, the Singapore Tourism Board said in a statement that it has not changed norms for visitors from India, and fully vaccinated travellers from the country will be able to enter Singapore with no quarantine and testing requirements under the Vaccinated Travel Framework that came into effect on April 1, 2022.

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