No COVID Testing for Children Under the Age of 5 Arriving in India

Keeping in view the increased vaccine coverage across the globe and the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of India had recently issued a new travel advisory for incoming international passengers.

Now, a new standard operating procedure (SOP) has been released, keeping most of the guidelines intact with a relieving addendum — children under the age of five will be exempted from both pre-arrival and post-arrival testing.

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However, in case they are found to be symptomatic for COVID-19 upon arrival or during the home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and treatment as per laid-down protocol.

This new SOP, which you can check
here, has come into effect since November 12, and is going to be especially helpful to parents of toddlers and infants for whom testing may prove to be challenging.

Other terms of the SOP, including submitting a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before travel, uploading a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey, and vaccine-related exemptions continue to remain the same.

Guidelines however, are dynamic and change on short notice, so we advise our readers to re-check with their respective airlines prior to planning their trips.

Stay tuned with us for all travel-related updates!