MoCA declares travellers arriving from at-risk nations and 6 metro cities to pre-book RT-PCR tests


Posted on 14 December 2021


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The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) declared on December 14 that international travellers arriving from 'at-risk' nations to six metro cities, including Mumbai and Delhi, must pre-book RT-PCR tests. It was announced that the new rule would take effect on December 20. Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata are the other airports that need pre-booking of RT-PCR tests. "Air Suvidha portal would be modified to allow the passengers to mandatorily pre- book the RT PCR test if they are coming from the countries ‘at risk’ or have visited ‘at risk’ countries in the last 14 days. Link to the concerned airport website would be provided in Air Suvidha platform which would be displayed to passengers while filling up the self-declaration form (SDF)," the MoCA stated. The United Kingdom and other European countries, as well as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Botswana, Ghana, Brazil, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Israel, are on the list of at-risk countries, as declared by the government following the discovery of the Omicron strain last month. The Aviation Ministry has advised that the mandatory pre-booking of RT-PCR tests be expanded to all airports in the near future. Passengers will be able to board aircraft even if they have not pre-booked the RT-PCR testing, according to the ministry.


Key Points


  • The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) declared on December 14 that international travellers arriving from 'at-risk' nations to six metro cities, including Mumbai and Delhi, must pre-book RT-PCR tests.

  • The Aviation Ministry has advised that the mandatory pre-booking of RT-PCR tests be expanded to all airports in the near future. Passengers will be able to board aircraft even if they have not pre-booked the RT-PCR testing, according to the ministry.