Air India Express releases a new set of guidelines for travellers coming into India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday, December 27.
These suggestions, which were made amid growing concern about a COVID-19 comeback, have been put in place for the safety of both residents and visitors. These occurred when Covid cases in numerous nations, including China, experienced a new upsurge. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has produced “Guidelines for International Arrivals.”
According to the guidelines, travellers must be fully vaccinated against the virus in accordance with their nation’s primary vaccination schedule. In addition, it is important to be aware of social distance and masking standards while travelling. Children under the age of 12 will be exempt from the random testing that takes place upon arrival. These rules, which were provided by a division of Air India, the national carrier of the nation, are intended to protect all of its passengers and to fend off the virus.
Additionally, passengers are urged to self-monitor their health and to get tested and placed in isolation if they exhibit symptoms or are found to have symptoms. Children under the age of 12 will only be checked if they exhibit symptoms. These rules have become effective from December 24, 2022.
In reaction to a significant spike in Covid-19 cases in China over the past 20 days, India has intensified its response. India has not yet imposed any restrictions on international flights.
The Center has already reinstated Covid testing procedures for international travellers at all airports. Random coronavirus variant tests are being conducted on samples of people travelling from foreign nations. The Center has also mandated RT-PCR tests for all overseas travellers arriving in India from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Any traveller from these nations who exhibits symptoms or tests positive for Covid will be placed in quarantine.
The Center has requested that international travellers complete Air Suvidha paperwork outlining their present state of health. A self-declaration form called Air Suvidha was developed to help with contact tracing during the pandemic.
“There are no direct flights from China to India and we are taking all possible precautions that we have learned in the past two years to manage the spread of infection in the country. We are already randomly testing 2 per cent samples for Covid from international passengers on arrival. In the future, we can increase it further and can also make it mandatory for all arriving passengers to get tested.”–Mansukh Mandaviya, Health Minister, India
Air India Express is the first international low-cost airline in India, which is owned by Air India, and provides service to Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
The 34-destination Air India Express network offers numerous weekly trips to Gulf and South East Asian cities like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Bahrain, Doha, Dammam, Kuwait, Muscat, Salalah, Ras-Al-Khaimah, Riyadh, Al-Ain, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.
Air India Express is the only airline that offers direct flights on numerous international routes. Air India Express is also the first airline to offer international air connections to numerous Tier 2 and Tier 3 towns in India.