Travellers From These 5 Nations Entering India Have To Undergo Mandatory COVID-19 Tests

by Shreya Ghosh
Travellers From These 5 Nations Entering India Have To Undergo Mandatory COVID-19 Tests

Ever since the outbreak of coronavirus took place all around the world, travel has become a massive concern. Following loads of COVID-19 rules were a part of travelling on domestic or international flights. But things took a positive turn in 2022 with countries reopening their borders and easing restrictions. And travellers could finally visit their favourite destinations. Little did we know back then that things would turn south once again. And now COVID-19 tests are sadly becoming a compulsion again.

Visitors From These 5 Countries Need To Undergo COVID-19 Tests While Flying To India

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Some countries worldwide are seeing a sudden rise in positive COVID cases, which is undoubtedly a concern for everyone. As the borders of most countries are open with people travelling from here to there, the fear of outspread of the virus increases too. And to control this and keep a close watch, passengers from these below-mentioned countries need to undergo COVID-19 tests before entering India. The countries are:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Thailand

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Recently, these countries saw a huge increase in positive cases. Hence, it is becoming a compulsion soon to undergo tests from the next week. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced the mandate of RT-PCR tests on Saturday. He also said in an ANI report that if the test results of any visitors from these countries come positive, they will need to follow quarantine.

Many International Travellers Tested Positive In Sudden Random Tests

Passengers were selected randomly for COVID-19 tests in different airports in India. In 2 days, about 6000 tests took place in these airports and out of these, 39 international visitors tested positive.

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also introduced some guidelines for international travellers entering India at this time of the global spike in positive cases. These guidelines came into action on 24 December 2022.

The situation is taking a turn for the worse once again. It is now our responsibility to not only keep ourselves safe but keep people around us safe too. It is time once again to wear masks and follow the necessary protocols.

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