The Union Health Ministry has mandated that all passengers, including those transiting through China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand, must present a negative Covid-19 report before arriving at any Indian airport. The decision was taken in the wake of the surge in Covid cases in these countries.
In addition, the existing practice of randomly testing 2% of travellers upon arrival in India will continue, regardless of the point of departure.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has announced that the Air Suvidha Portal will be available for use by passengers on all international flights from the six countries. In addition to allowing passengers to submit negative RT-PCR test results and self-declaration forms, the portal will also be accessible to international travellers arriving in India.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Monday reviewed the screening and Covid testing facility at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport amid a rise in coronavirus cases in some countries, including China.
As of Monday morning, India reported 173 new cases of COVID-19 and a total of 2,670 active cases. The overall number of cases in the country has reached 4,46,78,822, with 5,30,707 deaths recorded. In the past 24 hours, there have been two fatalities, one each in the states of Kerala and Uttarakhand.
Delhi logged four fresh Covid cases with a positivity rate of 0.32 per cent on Monday, according to data shared by the city health department here.