The government has announced that the pre-departure RT-PCR tests which were mandatory for travellers from six countries – China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand and Japan – will be dropped from Monday, as Covid-19 infections have fallen sharply globally. The Centre has also removed the rule to upload the ‘Air Suvidha’ form for passengers from these six countries. However, the random testing of 2 per cent of all travellers landing in India, irrespective of the source country, will continue. The updated guidelines will come into effect from 11 am on Monday, February 13. The restrictions have been lifted as Covid cases sharply declined across the world with the World Health Organization’s data showing a dip of 89 per cent in new infections compared to the numbers reported in the previous 28 days. India, too, has continued to report a decline in cases with less than 100 being recorded daily.
Today: November 30, 2023