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India cancels Air Suvidha forms for international passengers


New rules for international passengers arriving in India

Last week, the aviation ministry said the use of masks is no longer required when traveling by plane.

New Delhi:

The government says the self-declaration forms of Covid vaccination that international arrivals must fill out on the Air Suvidha portal will no longer be needed. The decision will take effect from midnight.

A statement from the Department of Civil Aviation this evening read: “Given the continued downward trajectory of COVID-19 and significant progress has been made in COVID-19 vaccine coverage globally, As in India, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued the revised ‘Guidelines for International Visitors’.

According to the revised guidance of the Ministry of Health, the submission of self-declaration forms on the online portal Air Suvidha has been stopped, the aviation ministry said. However, it added a statutory warning: This rule may be reviewed if needed due to the Covid situation.

The form on the Department of Aviation’s Air Suvidha portal is required for incoming international passengers. In it, passengers must declare their vaccination status, including the number of doses received and the date of injection.

This is in line with the rules in most countries.

However, the ministry said passengers should be fully vaccinated. Better yet, all precautions against Covid – including the use of masks and social distancing at airports – should be continued.

Last week, the aviation ministry said the use of masks is no longer mandatory when traveling by plane, but passengers should use them to prevent another outbreak of the corona virus.

Until then, the use of masks during flights is mandatory.

The department said the decision was made in line with the government’s policy on a classification approach to Covid-19 management.

Over the past few weeks, the numbers on Covid have been shrinking. Official data this morning shows that currently, active cases (6,402) account for 0.01% of total infections. The national recovery rate has increased to 98.8%.

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