India cancels COVID-19 self-declaration forms for international travelers

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has issued an order cancelling the obligatory self-declaration forms for international travelers.

The form, previously filled on Air Suvidha portal, will no longer be required to enter into the country. The decision was made by the Indian government following the decline of COVID-19 cases across the country. However, the rule may be reviewed in the future based on the COVID-19 situation.

The latest guidelines on international travel are as follows:

1. All travelers should preferably be fully vaccinated per their country’s approved preliminary vaccination schedule against COVID-19.

2. Any passenger with COVID-19 symptoms during travel shall be isolated per standard protocol. 

3. The person should be wearing a mask, isolated and segregated from other passengers in flight/travel, and subsequently shifted to an isolated facility for follow-up treatment. 

4. The de-boarding should be done following social distancing. 

5. Thermal screening should be done for all passengers by health officials at the point of entry. 

6. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a designated medical facility as per health protocol.

7. All travelers should self-monitor their health post-arrival, report to the nearest health facility, or call the National Helpline number (1075) or the state helpline number in an emergency.