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RT-PCR test may not be required for travelers if they are fully vaccinated.

Domestic travel may get a lot easier for fully vaccinated citizens in India as the Government of India is planning to stop the mandatory RT-PCR test for Interstate travel if the tourist is fully vaccinated.

As India sees a downward trend in coronavirus cases, new ways of travel have been implemented for secure travel and many more.

Speaking about this, Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation said,  “A joint team from several ministries and stakeholders, including the Health Department, are in discussion to take a final decision on allowing traveling by air without an RT-PCR test for those who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.”

Currently, for domestic travel, one needs to undertake an RT-PCR Test and show negative test results before travel and now the health experts along with the government are working on ways to help determine whether fully vaccinated people can travel with an RT-PCR test report.

The Civil Aviation Ministry also said that the matter of health is a state subject and it is up to the states to ask for a passenger’s negative RT-PCR test report before they can enter the state.

During the G7 countries’ meeting, Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan said, “With vaccine coverage as a percentage of the population in developing countries is still low compared to developed countries, such an initiative could prove to be highly discriminatory.” This was for the concept of Vaccine Passports that have been popularized in the developed countries.

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