All international passengers flying into the country will still require to undergo a Covid RT-PCR test 72 hours before, the quarantine requirements have been significantly relaxed.
The Union health ministry has identified some countries as “at risk”.
These include: European nations, UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. Arrivals from these places will need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing.
“Travellers from (all non at risk) countries will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival,” the rules that come into effect from 12.01 am on October 25 say.
Additionally, the health ministry has prepared a list of countries (called category A) with who India has an agreement for mutual recognition of vaccination certificates for individuals fully jabbed with nationally/WHO recognised Covid-19 vaccine.
These include: UK, France, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary and Serbia.
For travellers coming from an at risk country with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO approved Covid-19 vaccines (Category A) like EU nations and UK, the requirement is: “If fully vaccinated (meaning got required jabs at least 15 days before arrival) they shall be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival.”
If partially or not vaccinated, travellers need to submit sample for post-arrival Covid-19 test at the point of arrival after which they will be allowed to leave the airport. Such passengers must home quarantine for seven days.
They will need to conduct a re-test on the eighth day of arrival in India and if negative, further self-monitor their health for next 7 days.
For those coming from high risk countries not in category A, rules for unvaccinated arrivals will apply.
“If a traveller is coming from a country excluding those covered under category A, they would be required to undergo the measures (for unvaccinated) irrespective of their Covid-19 vaccination status,” the rules say.
During the pandemic entry rules across countries keep changing and passengers must check applicable rules closer to their date of actual travel.
“Based on the risk assessment, this document shall be reviewed from time to time,” the health ministry guidelines issued on Wednesday said.