Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases worldwide, particularly the BF-7 variant, India has updated its travel guidelines for international arrivals. These new regulations have taken effect on December 24, 2022.
In response to these changes, Air India Express, a Tata Group-owned Indian low-cost carrier, has issued a set of guidelines for passengers flying from the UAE to India. It is important for travellers to familiarize themselves with these guidelines to ensure a smooth and safe journey.
Guidelines for travellers from UAE to India
Planning for Travel
All travellers should preferably be fully vaccinated as per the approved primary schedule of vaccination against COVID-19 in their Country.
In-flight announcements about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic including precautionary measures to be followed (preferable use of masks and following physical distancing) shall be made on flights/travel and at all points of entry.
All travellers should self-monitor their health post arrival also shall report to their nearest health facility or call the National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number in case they have any symptoms suggestive.
Guidelines for Children
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from post-arrival random testing. However, if they are found to be symptomatic for COVID-19 upon arrival or during the self-monitoring period, they will be tested and treated according to the protocol.
Random Testing at Airports
Aside from the guidelines mentioned above, travellers should be aware of the random testing rules, which are also part of India’s guidelines for international arrivals.
- 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 thereafter.
- If such travellers’ samples are tested positive, their samples should be further sent for genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network.
- They shall be treated/isolated as per the laid down standard protocol.
RT-PCR Test, Air Suvidha Mandatory For Travellers From 5 Countries
Recently, India mandated the RT-PCR test for all international passengers arriving from five Asian countries: China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Passengers from these countries will also be quarantined if they exhibit symptoms or test positive for Covid-19.
Not only that, but passengers from such countries must also fill out an Air Suvidha form to declare their current health status.