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Passengers from China, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong will be required to undergo RT-PCR testing. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of India

ByJosh Taylor

Dec 26, 2022

Mandaviya told reporters in Gandhinagar that filling out the ‘Air Suvidha’ form to disclose one’s health status will be made mandatory for travellers from these nations.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Saturday that an RT-PCR test for the identification of COVID-19 will be made mandatory for travellers travelling to India from China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand.
He further stated that people travelling in India from these countries will be subjected to thermal scanning at airports, and those who test positive for COVID-19 or have a fever will be confined. Mandaviya told reporters in Gandhinagar that filling out the ‘Air Suvidha’ form to disclose one’s health status will be made mandatory for travellers from these nations.
“Due of the COVID-19 pandemic, travellers from China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Bangkok (Thailand) are required to upload their RT-PCR findings ahead of time” (for travel to India). “They will be subjected to thermal screening when they arrive in India, and we have issued a directive for them to be confined if they are found positive or have fever,” the minister added.
Mandaviya was in Gujarat’s capital to deliver the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research’s convocation address (NIPER). He also told reporters that the central government was taking action against COVID-19 because cases were increasing in locations including South Korea, Hong Kong, Europe, America, and Brazil.
“A COVID-19 alert was issued yesterday. People are made aware through newspaper adverts.They will be subjected to thermal scanning when they arrive in India, and we have issued a directive for them to be confined if they are found positive or have fever,” the minister added.
Meanwhile, Mandaviya issued a tweet saying, “Sample testing of overseas travellers, including those from China, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Japan, South Korea, has been commenced at the Delhi International Airport. In light of the growing coronavirus scenario, all required precautions are being taken.” With China and other nations experiencing an increase in COVID-19 instances, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned against complacency, urged extreme vigilance, and instructed that ongoing monitoring procedures, particularly at international airports, be enhanced.
The Union Health Ministry has already requested that the civil aviation ministry conduct random post-arrival coronavirus testing at airports for 2% of passengers arriving in India on each international flight beginning Saturday to reduce the risk of a new variant of the coronavirus entering the country.

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