India has been undertaking a massive vaccination drive of all adults in an attempt to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who have already received both their COVID vaccination doses can likely avoid COVID tests and quarantine during inter-state travel. The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) and the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation in India (NTAGI) recommended the same during a recent meeting with the Health Ministry.
Updated Travel rules
As per the updated state-wise guidelines shared by national carrier Air India as well as domestic airlines Indigo. While some states are asking for random testing or mandatory RT-PCR testing. A few have also decided to consider vaccinations as the criteria as of June 14.
Referring to this, Dr NK Arora, who was part of that meeting, stated that recommendations are also extended to those travelling outside the country. He added that there is no need to self-quarantine after domestic trips, or undergo tests before or after travel. He further stated that fully vaccinated people can also avoid testing before leaving India for international trips. Unless the destination country requires it. And don’t need to self-quarantine after their return to India.
Those who have taken their second vaccine shot, and it has been two weeks are fully vaccinated. Although the information is in the public forum, many states have continued to ask fully vaccinated travellers to provide RT-PCR test reports.
Most states are unaware of these recommendations, said Jyoti Mayal, President of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI). Therefore continue to impose restrictions, therefore the Centre needs to issue an order to have them implemented at the earliest at the state level, to spare travellers the difficulties.