Providing a travel update for passengers travelling from UAE to India, Air India’s international budget-carrier Air India Express has informed that fully vaccinated travellers, who have completed the full schedule of vaccination and taken both doses of approved vaccine are exempted from the pre-departure RT-PCR test requirement.
The airline said that all passengers will continue to undergo thermal screening on arrival and if found symptomatic, will be treated as per protocol. Children below five years of age are exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing.
These latest announcements come in the wake of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) signed between the two nations on Friday.
All passengers are required to upload the Covid-19 vaccination certificate issued in India on the Air Suvidha portal. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers should carry a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test report and upload the same on the portal before departure. The test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the flight. Those failing to comply with the above requirement along with furnishing details on the self-declaration form will be denied boarding.This new relaxation doesn’t cover travellers who obtained vaccines in the UAE. In addition, passengers flying directly from Kolkata to Dubai have also been exempted from rapid PCR tests at the airport. The airline has announced new flights to the Middle East, including flights between Mangaluru and Jeddah and additional flights between Dammam and Riyadh in March 2022.
Earlier, India had announced that it will relax guidelines for incoming international travellers including removing the mandatory quarantine requirement.