India is doing away with mandatory COVID-19 testing for travelers entering from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, and Japan as of today. Globally, virus-related illnesses have been declining quickly. Additionally, the federal government has repealed the requirement that such passengers upload an "air facility" form.


10 Special Things About New Travel Rules

1. In a letter to Rajiv Bansal, his counterpart in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated that his department is amending the "Guidelines for International Arrivals" because of the decrease in Covid-19 instances.

2. According to the health ministry, the random Covid-19 testing of 2% of all travelers disembarking in India will continue.

3. From February 13, the new regulation will be in effect in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand.

4. This choice was made given the dramatic drop in coronavirus cases in these nations over the past few weeks.

5. According to the letter, this Ministry is revising its "Guidelines for International Arrivals" and eliminating the pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement and the obligation to post a self-health declaration to the Ministry's website. Therefore, for foreign passengers arriving from/via China, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and Japan, the "Air Suvidha" site of civil aviation is valid.

6. The letter also mentions randomly testing two percent of travelers upon arrival in India, regardless of their origin, to check for SARS-CoV-2 infection among visitors from other countries.

7. According to the World Health Organization's most recent situational update on the coronavirus, the number of new confirmed cases has decreased by 89% during the past 28 days.

8. Wu Zunyao, a head epidemiologist at the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has stated that there is a minimal probability that China will experience a significant new COVID-19 wave in the upcoming months.

9. In the meantime, 124 additional Covid-19 cases were reported in India, bringing the total number of active infections to 1,843, according to data updated on Sunday by the Union health ministry. The current death toll is 5,30,750, according to data.

10. On the Ministry of Health website, it is stated that as of this writing, about 220.62 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered across India as part of the widespread vaccination program.