It is necessary to get yourself tested for travel these days, with countries and even Indian states asking for an RT-PCR report frequently to try and prevent people with infections to knowingly or unknowingly travel into their domain. The good news is, with the vaccination drive getting started and some people now being fully vaccinated, this necessity to produce an RT-PCR starts to go away now. All this has already happened, and the central government is trying to get all states on board.
Here are the Indian states and Union Territories that no longer mandate an RT-PCR test for vaccinated travellers. This list is specific to air travel. Check it out:
- Chandigarh: Mandatory for passengers arriving into Chandigarh to carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours from an ICMR approved laboratory or have a vaccination certificate (at least one dose) over two weeks old.
- Chattisgarh: All passengers travelling to Chhattisgarh are supposed to have an RT-PCR negative report not earlier than 96Hrs or a COVID vaccination Final Certificate (generated after two doses of vaccination).
Goa: All passengers arriving into Goa need to possess an RT-PCR negative report from ICMR accredited labs done within the last 72hrs or a vaccination certificate that reflects both doses completed.
- Odisha: All passengers travelling to Odisha must have an RT-PCR negative report/ RAT negative report no earlier than 48 hours or a COVID vaccination Final Certificate (after two vaccination doses).
- Punjab: Mandatory for passengers arriving in Punjab to carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours from an ICMR approved laboratory or have a vaccination certificate (at least one dose) over two weeks old.
- Delhi: Passengers originating their journeys from any city/airport in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states are advised to have RT-PCR negative report from ICMR accredited labs done within the last 72hrs or vaccination certificate (2 doses complete).
- Nagaland: All passengers travelling to Nagaland mandatorily need to have RTPCR/TrueNAT/CBNAAT negative report not earlier than 72 hours or a COVID vaccination Final Certificate (after two doses of vaccination).
- Meghalaya: Passengers arriving from any state except Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Karnataka and Kerala shall be exempted from RT-PCR testing requirements if in possession of a valid final certificate of vaccination.
- Rajasthan: Passengers arriving into Rajasthan who is fully vaccinated 28-days before arrival will no longer require testing on arrival.
- Assam: Passengers arriving to Dibrugarh and Guwahati who are fully vaccinated (and can present final vaccination certificate), will be exempted from mandatory testing on arrival.
All of this information is updated as of July 1, 2021, and I will continue to update you with more updates as they happen. Do share this list with others as well to help them travel better.
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