MUSCAT: Passengers travelling to India including children must now carry a pre-travel negative Covid-19 test report, according to a new guideline issued by the government in a bid to control the spread of mutant strains of coronavirus.
The new travel guidelines have come into force from Monday, February 22. “RT-PCR test is mandatory for all passengers irrespective of age and gender,” an FAQ published on the New Delhi Airport website stated. “Arrival in India without a negative report shall be allowed only for those travelling to India in the exigency of death in the family,” the statement said.
Passengers travelling from Muscat must conduct the PCR test 72 hours before the scheduled departure. Passengers must also upload the test report on Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) prior to the travel. “They need to fill in the Self Declaration form in the online Air Suvidha portal,” Air India said.
Apart from this, passengers also must undergo self-paid molecular tests at the airport of their arrival in India. The new regulation is applicable to all passengers, including children of all ages.
“Passengers must also carry the original report of the pre-departure PCR test and the self declaration form as well,” the statement said.
“All passengers are required to download and install the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones. Please note that failing to comply with the above mandatory rules may lead to denied boarding,” Air India added.