Vaccinated Passengers May Not Require Covid Test Report For Domestic Air Travel – Says Hardeep Singh Puri. The Central government is thinking over a facility to enable hassle-free domestic air travel and to do away with the mandatory COVID RT-PCR Test report for those passengers who have received both shots of a Covid-19 vaccine.
“A joint team from several ministries and stakeholders, including the Health Department, are in discussion to take a final decision on allowing travelling by air without an RT-PCR test for those who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine,” minister of civil aviation (MoCA) Hardeep Singh Puri told ANI.
He also mentioned that this decision will not be taken alone by the MoCA, nodal agencies, including health experts who are working with the government will also contribute towards making a decision in the interests of passengers who are involved in domestic travel.
At present, domestic passengers are being asked to produce negative COVID Test RT-PCR report before travelling to multiple states, where active COVID-19 cases are high.
“Health is a state subject, and to ask passengers for a negative RT-PCR report before they enter a state is solely the right of that particular state,” Puri claimed.
The concept of ‘vaccine passport’ for passengers travelling internationally is also being discussed, to which India has raised objections and termed it as a ‘discriminatory idea’.
“Expressed India’s concern and strong opposition to ‘Vaccine Passport’ at this juncture of the pandemic. With vaccine coverage as a percentage of population in developing countries is still low compared to developed countries, such an initiative could prove to be highly discriminatory,” Union health minister Harsh Vardhan told at the meeting of G7 countries.