India ceases Air Suvidha forms for international travellers

The mandatory completion of Air Suvidha forms for international travellers was discontinued on Monday, November 21, by the MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation).

All foreign travellers entering India are required to fill out the Air Suvidha, which is essentially a self-declaration in which they must state their present health status, recent travel history, and other information. The Air Suvidha portal, which was established in August 2020 and strengthened to incorporate travel directives released on November 30, 2021, was introduced.

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Air Suvidha is an online system for International passengers to submit a mandatory Self Declaration form to declare their current health status

To ensure the seamless entry of foreign visitors to India, the Ministries of Civil Aviation and Health & Family Welfare implemented contactless self-declaration at the Air Suvidha Portal last year.

The Air Suvidha portal’s exemption forms have been eliminated, and filling out the information has been made mandatory for all international travellers arriving in India in order to achieve the necessary protection against the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus.

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The MoCA and MoHFW adopted contactless self-declaration at the Air Suvidha Portal last year to guarantee the smooth entry of foreign travellers to India

According to the ministry, the revisions were made in light of the continuous downward trajectory of Covid-19 and the significant improvements in Covid-19 vaccine coverage both internationally and in India. Beginning on November 22, the revised order will be in effect.

“In the light of sustained declining COVID-19 trajectory and significant advances being made in COVID-19 vaccination coverage both globally as well as in India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued revised ‘Guidelines for International Arrivals.”

–Civil Aviation Ministry announced

The following are the most recent ministry guidelines for overseas travel:

  1. All travellers should ideally be completely vaccinated in accordance with their country’s primary vaccination schedule that has been approved against Covid-19.
  1. Any person exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms while travelling must be quarantined according to established protocol.
  1. The aforementioned person should be wearing a mask, separated from other passengers during the flight or transit, and then transferred to an isolated centre for further treatment.
  1. The de-boarding should be done following social distancing.
  1. The health officials on duty at the point of entry should conduct thermal screening on each passenger.
  1. Passengers who exhibit symptoms during screening must be brought to a recognised medical facility right away and segregated in accordance with health procedures.
  1. After arriving, all travellers should check their own health, go to the closest medical facility, and phone either the national helpline number (1075) or the state helpline number in case of an emergency.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation announced last week that the use of masks would no longer be required on flights and would instead just be advised in keeping with the Government of India’s policy of a graduated approach to the COVID-19 management response.

Also read: Masks will no longer be needed for air travel: MoCA

Following the pandemic, scheduled domestic flight operations were suspended beginning on March 25, 2020, for a period of two months. The same day saw the suspension of scheduled international flight services, which were eventually reinstated on March 27 of this year.

According to official data released on Monday, November 21, India recorded 406 additional coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total COVID-19 cases to 4,46,69,421, while the number of active cases fell to 6,402.

According to the MoHFW (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) website, the national COVID-19 recovery rate increased to 98.80%, and the active cases make up only 0.01 per cent of all infections.