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India New COVID Test Requirements

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Last updated: Jan 2nd 2023

India to require COVID test for arrivals from China, four other Asian countries

People arriving in India from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand will have to show a negative COVID-19 test.

Travellers from those countries would have to upload their test result on an India government website before their departure. Air Suvidha portal self-declaration has been made operational for passengers travelling in all international flights from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Japan, with a provision to allow these international travellers arriving in India to upload negative RT-PCR test reports as well as to submit self-declaration form.

“This is being done in view of the evolving COVID-19 situation across the world, particularly in the aforesaid countries,” the health ministry said in a statement, adding that the test should be taken within 72 hours of travel to India. The new requirement for a COVID test would be in addition to the random tests on 2% of all international passengers arriving in India.

India joins the United States, Japan, Italy and Taiwan in imposing mandatory COVID tests for travellers from China, amid a COVID surge there after authorities relaxed strict “zero-COVID” rules.

Major Airports such as Delhi (DEL), Mumbai (BOM), and Bengaluru (BLR) are already implementing the 2% rule. The airlines (preferably from different countries) will identify the passengers to be tested, following which they will be allowed to leave the airport.

In case a sample is found positive, it will be sent for genomic testing at a designated lab. A copy of the report will also be shared with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the government as well as with APHOS.

Meanwhile, in the US, the Biden administration also confirmed that as of January 5th, 2023, all passengers from China will be required to have a negative COVID test result in order to enter the country. The requirement applies to these air passengers regardless of nationality and vaccination status. This will also apply to persons traveling from China via third country transit and to passengers connecting through the United States onward to further destinations.

India discontinues Air Suvidha

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Last updated: Dec 6th 2022

India discontinues Air Suvidha form filling for international arrivals.

Air Suvidha that had been a mandatory requirement for India-bound arrivals from abroad since August 2020 has been eliminated. 

In addition to the removal of Air Suvidha, India’s entry guidelines for inbound international flyers have been further relaxed. Neither vaccination nor pre-departure RT-PCR testing is mandatory for India-bound travelers. Even if you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you can travel to India. However, the government of India recommends that you preferably be fully-vaccinated as per the primary schedule of COVID-19 vaccination in your country of residence/citizenship/nationality.

Passengers will undergo thermal screening on arrival, if you are found having symptoms of COVID-19 during travel or on arrival, you will be segregated from other passengers, shifted to an isolation facility, and treated/tested as per the protocol, according to the latest update on India’s guidelines for international arrivals.

China eases its ‘zero COVID’ policy

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Last updated: Nov 11th, 2022

China has reduced the amount of time travelers entering the country must spend in quarantine and removed a major restriction on international flights, in a sign of a limited easing of its stringent zero-Covid policy.

What are China’s latest travel restrictions?

Passengers on inbound flights to the Asian country will now need to show only one negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before boarding, according to the note released by China’s National Health Commission. Previously two negative PCR tests were required.

International arrivals now need to quarantine for eight days instead of ten, while officials will no longer record secondary contacts for tracing – allowing many to avoid quarantine.

In today’s announcement, the controversial ‘circuit breaker’ mechanism was also ended

This much-criticised rule meant that all international flights to China could be banned for one to two weeks when a “high” number of infected passengers were discovered on arrival.

It often led to flights being cancelled at the last minute, creating significant disruption for travellers.

Many often had to wait several weeks or even months before finding seats on a flight to China.

China is the last major economy to maintain strict COVID prevention policies, with its borders still tightly shut to most foreign nationals.

The long-awaited announcement, however, does not explicitly mention when the changes will take effect.

Canada Repeals Covid-19 Border Restrictions

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Last updated:  Sept 27th, 2022

Effective October 1, 2022, all travelers, regardless of citizenship, will No longer have to:

  • Submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website
  • Undergo pre- or on-arrival testing
  • Provide proof of vaccination
  • Carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation
  • Monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada

Transport Canada is also removing existing travel requirements. As of October 1, 2022, travelers will no longer be required to:

  • Undergo health checks for travel on air and rail or
  • Wear masks on planes and trains

Cruise measures are also being lifted, and travellers will no longer be required to have pre-board tests, be vaccinated, or use ArriveCAN. A set of guidelines will remain to protect passengers and crew, which will align with the approach used in the United States.

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Hong Kong Travel Advisory

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Last updated:  Sept 27th, 2022

You no longer need to quarantine in a designated hotel on arrival in Hong Kong, but you’ll be subject to three days of medical surveillance, followed by four days of self-monitoring. During medical surveillance, you’ll be restricted from entering certain premises under the Vaccine Pass scheme, including restaurants and bars. Non-Hong Kong residents aged 12 or above must be fully vaccinated or have obtained a medical exemption certificate to enter Hong Kong. You’ll need to complete the online health declaration and have evidence of a negative COVID-19 (RAT) test issued within 24 hours of boarding your flight. You’ll need to take a COVID-19 (RAT) as well as (PCR) test on arrival. You’ll also need to take multiple COVID-19 tests during the medical surveillance and self-monitoring period.

For inbound travelers from Mainland China and Macao, the Return2hk Scheme and Come2hk Scheme will be extended to cover all places in the Mainland and Macao with no quota restriction. Advanced application and nucleic acid test before arrival at Hong Kong are also not required. However, they will still need to undergo nucleic acid test on Day 2 and be subject to self-monitoring in the three days after arrival at Hong Kong.

Passengers transferring or transiting in Hong Kong (without passing through immigration control) are not required to present proof of a pre-departure nucleic acid test and follow the quarantine measures stated above. Visit the website of the Hong Kong International Airport for more details.

For more information, please see the Hong Kong Government’s website and  traveler essentials section.

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COVID-19 Updates on International Travel Restrictions

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Last updated:  Sept 14th, 2022

New Zealand dropped all Covid-19 restrictions, including vaccine requirements for travelers and mask mandates. South Korea has eliminated its PCR-testing requirement for international travelers, although they still must test upon arrival. In Fiji, visitors no longer need to complete a Covid-19 test prior to entry and the quarantine period has been shortened. Saint Lucia also has dropped pretravel testing rules in an effort to draw more visitors.

Japan will raise the daily entry cap for visitors on Sept. 7, and will remove predeparture-testing mandates for travelers who have received three Covid-19 vaccine doses. On Sept. 9, Australia will lower the quarantine time for anyone who contacts Covid-19 but shows no symptoms. Also, the mask mandate for domestic flights will be eliminated. Meanwhile, China loosened visa restrictions for students and some business travelers, with preference given to those who have travel permits from the Asia Pacific-Economic Cooperation forum.

The Cayman Islands recently ended all remaining pandemic restrictions, including vaccination and testing requirements for travel. The mask mandate also will be lifted. Bermuda likewise loosened measures for unvaccinated travelers. Medical vaccination exemptions are no longer required for unvaccinated visitors to enter the territory, but they must complete a Covid-19 test before and after arrival.

France has removed all Covid-19 travel restrictions, including vaccination and testing mandates. In Canada, border restrictions for international visitors have been extended until at least Sept. 30.

Hong Kong will reduce its mandatory hotel quarantine for overseas arrivals. New Zealand has reopened its borders fully to travelers from all countries, including visitors from nonwaiver nations and international students. In addition, cruise ships are allowed to return. In Thailand, travelers are no longer required to apply for the Thailand Pass and the mask mandate has been dropped.

Meanwhile, South Africa has dropped all remaining Covid-19 restrictions. Singapore dropped entry restrictions for nightlife establishments, and the U.S. Virgin Islands lifted the testing requirement for international travelers.

Following are updated reports by country. We are also constantly updating our list of state-by-state gathering restrictions:

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Last updated:  7/6/2022

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

*** Effective June 12, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rescinded the requirement for international air passengers boarding a flight to the United States to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test before their flight.

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Singapore to remove most COVID curbs next week

SINGAPORE, April 22 (Reuters) – Singapore will remove most remaining COVID-19 restrictions from April 26 and ease its entry requirements for travellers, its health ministry said on Friday, in response to a decline in new daily infections.

The measures include removing limits on group sizes and allowing the full return of employees to workplaces, while lowering the Southeast Asian financial hub’s alert level for the first time since the pandemic started. Read More “Singapore to remove most COVID curbs next week”

India opens borders to vaccinated foreign tourists

India opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists entering the country on commercial flights for the first time in nearly two years on Monday.
Tourists entering the country must be fully vaccinated, test negative for the virus within 72 hours of their flight and follow all Covid-19 protocols, according to the health ministry.

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