Dubai: India’s national carrier Air India has clarified that it is still mandatory for all passengers from the UAE to India, including fully vaccinated passengers, to carry a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report for entry.
The clarification from a senior official comes after reports quoting Air India that said there is no need for negative PCR test for fully vaccinated passengers to some Indian states. This had followed tweets from the airline about Maharashtra, Kerala and West Bengal allowing entry to fully vaccinated passengers without the need for a negative RT-PCR report.
However, P.P. Singh, regional manager for Air India and Air India Express, on Wednesday confirmed to Gulf News that the exemption from the negative PCR report for fully vaccinated passengers is only in the case of domestic travel in India.
“This is for inter-state travel,” said Singh.
“I have checked it with our offices in India and it has been confirmed that the exemption is applicable only for domestic passengers,” he clarified.
The official confirmed that all passengers to India from the UAE are still required to upload a copy of the negative report of the COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to their flights to India on the Air Suvidha portal while submitting the mandatory self-declaration form.
It is only in case of a death in the family that international passengers to India can apply for exemption from PCR report through Air Suvidha, according to the portal.
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