Starting February 22, pre-travel polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been made mandatory for all international passengers arriving in India, including children of all ages, Khaleej Times can reveal. An FAQ published on the New Delhi Airport website, an Air India official, and travel agents in the UAE have confirmed the reports and said the existing processes were revised by the government of India in a bid to control the spread of the of mutant strains of SARS-CoV-2 virus. India’s new travel regulations are expected to come into force by Monday, February 22. Who is exempted from the RT-PCR test? The FAQ stated, “RT-PCR test is mandatory for all passengers irrespective of age and gender.” It explained, “Arrival in India without a negative report shall be allowed only for those travelling to India in the exigency of death in the family.” “Such passengers need to apply to the online portal at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as...read more...