Vaccinated Passengers May Not Require RT-PCR Test Report For Domestic Travel. Passengers traveling via domestic flights within India soon may not require a negative RT-PCR test report for travel, which is now set as a mandatory requirement by most of the states for entry even though the travellers are vaccinated against Covid-19.
This rule is followed by the states to ensure safety and to control the spread of COVID 19. Currently, Punjab is the only state in India which does not require a negative RT-PCR test report if the passenger is vaccinated against Covid-19, even those who took their first jab at least 14 days before the travel, can enter into Punjab without producing an RT-PCR test report.
A senior government official said that the Aviation Ministry is considering the proposal for the same discussed at a meeting last week between airlines and the ministry. The aviation ministry is planning to consider the proposal made at a meeting last week between the aviation secretary and airlines, a senior government mentioned to Economic Times.
“It is aimed at encouraging passengers to return to flights after the second wave of the pandemic abruptly stymied recovery airlines were witnessing. It was proposed by one airline and is currently being discussed,” said the official to Economic Times.
However, the official refused to share any timelines for a possible implementation of the proposal since multiple agencies are involved in the decision-making. Before the final order, it has to be cleared by the health ministry as well. This could be the reason for not mentioning the tentative date.
Due to the huge surge in Covid-19 cases in India, many states have imposed restrictions and or travel guidelines on inter-state travel and made it mandatory for travelers travelling across states to produce negative Covid-19 (RT-PCR) test reports with QR Code for entry.