India Cancels Air Suvidha Forms For International Passengers


India Cancels Air Suvidha Forms For International Passengers

Last week, the aviation ministry said that the use of masks during air travel is no longer mandatory.

New Delhi:

Self-declaration forms for Covid vaccinations to be filled by international passengers arriving at the air facility portal will no longer be required, the government said. This decision will be effective from midnight.

A notification from the Ministry of Civil Aviation this evening said, “In light of the gradual decline in the number of cases of Covid-19 and the significant progress made in the coverage of COVID-19 vaccination globally as well as in India, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued revised ‘Guidelines for International Arrivals’.”

According to the revised guidelines of the Ministry of Health, submission of self-declaration forms on the online air facility portal stand has been stopped, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. It has, however, added a statutory caveat: the rule can be reviewed if necessary in view of the Covid situation.

The form was made mandatory on the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s Air Facilitation Portal for incoming international passengers. In it, passengers had to declare their vaccination status, including the number of doses received and their dates.

This was in line with the rules of most countries.

The ministry, however, said it is preferred that passengers be fully vaccinated. It was also recommended that all precautionary measures for Covid – including the use of masks and social distancing at airports – continue.

Last week, the aviation ministry said that the use of masks during air travel is no longer mandatory, but passengers should use them to prevent another wave of coronavirus.

Until then, the use of masks on flights was mandatory.

The ministry said the decision was taken in line with the government’s policy of a graded approach to managing Covid-19.

In the past week, the Covid statistics have shrunk. Official data this morning showed that currently, active cases (6,402) comprise 0.01 percent of total infections. The national recovery rate rose to 98.8 percent.



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