As per the order from the Civil Aviation Ministry, the other airports where pre-booking of RT-PCR tests has been made mandatory include Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata.
Ministry of Civil Aviation
- Keeping the Omicron situation in mind, the Central government on Tuesday told the pre-booking of RT-PCR tests has been made compulsory for international passengers coming from ‘at-risk’ countries to six metro cities including Mumbai and Delhi. Giving details, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said the new rule would come into effect from December 20.
As per the demand from the Civil Aviation Ministry, the other airports where pre-booking of RT-PCR tests has been made compulsory include Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata.
In the order, the MoCA told that the Air Suvidha exit would be modified to permit the passengers to mandatorily pre-book the RT PCR test if they are coming from the country’s ‘at at risk’ or have visited ‘at risk’ countries in the last 14 days. The ministry also said that the link to the concerned airport website would be provided in the Air Suvidha platform which would be displayed to passengers while filling up the self-declaration form (SDF).
Copy of the order:
As per the before order, the list of at-risk countries following the detection of the Omicron variant last month includes the United Kingdom and other European nations, along with South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Botswana, Ghana, Brazil, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Israel.
Aviation Ministry suggested that the mandatory pre-booking of
However, the Aviation Ministry suggested that the mandatory pre-booking of RT-PCR tests may be opened for all airports in the days to arrive if the situation aggravates.
six metro cities name
“To stabilize the system and to ensure that the passengers would not have any problem in pre-booking, payment, etc, it may be implemented in six metro cities, namely, Delhi, Mumbai Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad in the first phase,” the MoCA spoke.
- The order further stated that considering the convenience of the travelers, a lead time of a week would be provided i.e., the new system to come into effect on the 20th of December.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation
In the meantime, the MoCA has urged the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to issue advisory to all airlines to prevent mandatory pre-booking of their passengers before boarding the flight.
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The Centre, however, clarified that the passengers would be permitted to board the flights even if they fail to pre-book the RT-PCR tests.
“In case any passenger is having any difficulty in pre-booking, they may not be refused boarding, but it would be the responsibility of the airlines to identify and accompany such passengers to the registration counter at the airport for testing,” the Aviation ministry told.
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