The Union Health Ministry on Monday has announced that Indians being evacuated from Ukraine will be exempted from pre-boarding RT-PCR test, providing Covid vaccination certificates and uploading those on the Air Suvidha portal.

The ministry said the International Travel Guidelines have been revised and some exemptions have been allowed on humanitarian grounds for those arriving from Ukraine. As per official records, by February 28, five flights carrying 1,156 Indians from Ukraine have arrived in the country and none of them has been kept in isolation so far. Of the five flights, one arrived in Mumbai and the rest in Delhi.

Individuals who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination, irrespective of the country of departure/inoculation, have been allowed to leave the arrival airport in India with the advice to self-monitor their health for the next 14 days, the ministry stated.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted, “The Health Ministry revises international travel advisory for Indians being evacuated from Ukraine: Mandatory pre-boarding negative RTPCR test & vaccination certificate exempted; Uploading documents before departure on Air-Suvidha Portal exempted.” The health ministry said that large diasporas of Indian nationals, mainly students, have found themselves embroiled in the political turmoil being faced by Ukraine.

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