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The Government of India has reintroduced random testing at airports for all incoming international passengers to the country. Additionally, passengers from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand must mandatorily upload their negative COVID-19 test results on the Air Suvidha platform to enter the country.
Following an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases being reported in certain countries, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has issued the following guidelines that have been in effect from 24 December 2022:
- A sub-section (2% of the total passengers in the flight) shall undergo random post-arrival testing at the airport on arrival.
- Such travellers on each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferably from different countries). They will submit the samples and shall be allowed to leave the airport afterwards.
- If such travellers’ samples are tested positive, their samples should be further sent for genomic testing at the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) laboratory network.
- They shall be treated/isolated as per the standard protocol.
Children under 12 years of age are exempted from post-arrival random testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the period of self-monitoring period, they shall undergo testing and be treated as per the laid down protocol.
2% global travellers to be randomly tested. pic.twitter.com/bulHXqCUwg
— Office of Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@OfficeOf_MM) December 23, 2022
Moreover, the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced that pre-arrival registration on Air Suvidha is mandatory for passengers arriving from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand. These passengers must upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result on the online platform to gain entry to India. After arriving in India, if the passengers test positive, they will be quarantined according to the respective state procedure.
You can check out our article below on how to register your test result on Air Suvidha below: