India eased the screening process in fresh guidelines for international arrivals for countries with which it has reciprocal recognition of vaccination certificates. The new norms will come into existence from October 25.
Fully vaccinated passengers from 11 countries with which India has a mutual recognition deal will not be required to undergo RT-PCR tests on arrival. All others will have to take that test on arrival.
The 11 nations include France, the UK, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary and Serbia. Travellers from these countries will be allowed if fully vaccinated which should be at least 15 days before the day of travel. The passengers will be allowed to leave the airport and self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival. However, before boarding, they will need to upload a negative RT-PCR test report and vaccination certificates on the Air Suvidha portal.
Each of the passengers will also have to submit a declaration on the authenticity of the report. They will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise. Those partially or not vaccinated from the 11 countries will need to submit themselves for the Covid test at the port of arrival. They will also have to undergo home quarantine for seven days.
The passengers also need to take a re-test on the eighth day of arrival. Meanwhile, if the result is negative, they will have to self-monitor their health for the next seven days. These measures will apply to all passengers coming from the rest of the world irrespective of their vaccination status. This is because India does not have a reciprocal arrangement with them.