New norms for int’l tourists

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New norms for int’l tourists

Thursday, 28 October 2021 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The Delhi Airport on Wednesday said that AIR SUVIDHA portal has been updated as new guidelines for incoming international passengers come into effect.

“Now passengers will have to show a self-declaration application and a negative RT-PCR report on AIR SUVIDHA portal before boarding a flight,” the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL’s) spokesperson said.

Further, passengers from Category A countries can upload their vaccination certificate in AIR SUVIDHA itself for hassle-free arrival process. “Category A countries include those with which India has an agreement for mutual recognition of vaccination certificates,” DIAL officials said.

All passengers coming to India will have to fill the Self Declaration Form (SDF) on Delhi Airport’s website https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration. It is mandatory for all international arriving passengers, without which they will not be allowed to board a flight to India. They will also have to upload mandatory negative RT-PCR/molecular test reports (undertaken within 72 hours of departure) to the SDF. “Each passenger will also have to submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise,” DIAL added.

A few days ago, the Centre issued new guidelines for passengers from 20 countries travelling to India. The move came following a continued decline in the global trajectory of Covid-19, increased vaccination coverage across the globe and the changing nature of the pandemic. As per the new guidelines, the Government has identified two categories of countries.

The first category (Category A) includes countries with which India has an agreement for mutual of vaccination certificate for individuals who are fully vaccinated with nationally-recognised or WHO- recognised Covid-19 vaccine. In addition, those countries exempting Indian citizens fully vaccinated with nationally-recognised or WHO-recognised vaccines.

These countries include the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary, and Serbia and the other category countries (Countries at-risk) are those from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing.

These include countries in Europe including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Based on reciprocity, the travellers from all such countries, that provide quarantine-free entry to Indians, will get certain relaxations on arrival (Category A countries) like no mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival.

 

Under the new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), the Government has withdrawn all categories of exemptions.

 

Keeping in view changes in the SOP, Delhi Airport has also updated and simplified AIR SUVIDHA portal https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration for the benefit of passengers. To clear any doubt, a passenger can visit the FAQ page of the portal to clear their doubts and see the latest advisory.

 

Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL, said: “Delhi Airport constantly focuses on the safety and convenience of passengers. During the 1st and 2nd waves of the pandemic, it took slew of measures for passengers safety and was certified as the world’s second safest airport by Safe Travel Barometer. With a sharp decline in the number of COVID cases, the Government of India has eased the Standard Operating Procedure for arriving international passengers. DIAL accordingly has updated the AIR SUVIDHA portal for the convenience of passengers travelling to India in line with the Government’s SOP.”

 

DIAL had launched AIR SUVIDHA, the first-of-its-kind portal, in August 2020, where international arriving passengers could fill the mandatory self-declaration form.

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