India – New guidelines issued for international arrivals from Middle East, U.K., Brazil and South Africa

India - New guidelines issued for international arrivals from Middle East, U.K., Brazil and South Africa

India – New guidelines issued for international arrivals from Middle East, U.K., Brazil and South Africa

Ministry of Civil Aviation today announced updated guidelines for the international passengers coming to India in view of the rising cases mutant strain of covid-19 in India. “To reduce the risk of importation of mutant strains of SARS-CoV-2, SOP for international passengers arriving in India have been updated; new SOP will be in effect on 23:59 hrs on 22 February”, it said.

The government issued new guidelines for international arrivals amid the spread of mutant variants of coronavirus in many countries, making tests mandatory on arrival for those travelling from the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Most of the passengers flying from the UAE land in Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Kozhikode, or Hyderabad. Apart from Delhi, most of the passengers land in either Maharashtra or Kerala. These two states have recorded the maximum rise in Covid-19 cases. Kerala and Maharashtra constituted 92 per cent of all India new Covid-19 cases on Friday.

All international travellers arriving in India will have to present a negative RT-PCR test, conducted not more than 72 hours before undertaking the journey. For travellers coming from destinations other than the UK, Europe and the Middle East, this condition will be waived if they are travelling due to exigent circumstances, such as the death of a family member.

The government has suspended international scheduled flights till February 28. Overseas flights to and from India are currently operated as per air bubble agreements with various countries.