As India begins evacuating its citizen from Ukraine, Centre relaxes international travel guidelines

Delhi: Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has revised mandatory International Travel Guidelines and on humanitarian grounds by allowing exemptions in the advisory for international travelers in the wake of Indians evacuating from Ukraine.

As per the statement issued by PIB, Indian nationals not fulfilling either of the mandatory requirements (pre-boarding negative RT-PCR test report or fully vaccinated certificate) as laid down in the present ‘Guidelines for International Arrivals’ have been exempted from uploading these documents on Air-Suvidha Portal before departure to India.

“Further, individuals who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination (irrespective of the country of departure/vaccination) have been allowed to leave the arrival airport in India with the advice to self-monitor their health for the next 14 days,” it said.

In case a traveler is not able to submit a pre arrival RT PCR test or who has not completed their Covid-19 vaccination, they have been allowed to submit their samples on arrival with the advice to continue to self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival in India. “If tested positive they shall be clinically managed as per laid down protocol,” it said.

Large diasporas of Indian Nationals (mainly students) have found themselves embroiled in the political turmoil being faced in Ukraine. Direct evacuation of these stranded Indians through flights could not be carried out in view of the Notice to Airmen or Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) issued in Ukraine. Accordingly, Indian missions in Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary have been making arrangements to get Indian nationals from Ukraine and fly them out of their respective countries under Operation Ganga Flights.

As on February 28 till noon, five flights (one in Mumbai and four in Delhi) carrying Indians from Ukraine have arrived in India carrying a total of 1156 passengers with none of the passengers kept under isolation so far.