Covid-19: India mulls dropping Air Suvidha as global travel restrictions ease – News

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The Ministry of Health will review the program in August



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Published: Sun 19 Jun 2022, 11:25

The Indian government plans to remove the Air Suvidha portal as travel restrictions ease around the world.

“We have written to the Ministry of Health requesting the removal of Air Suvidha’s requirements as this may add to the convenience of flying as international traffic increases. But the Ministry of Health responded saying that he would review the program in August and decide on it,” a senior civil aviation ministry official told the Indian Express.

However, the decision could be made in at least two months as the Department of Health and Family Welfare monitors international Covid-19 figures.

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Introduced in August 2020, the Air Suvidha portal requires foreign travelers to check in before arriving at an Indian airport. This allows the government to determine a passenger’s vaccination status and whether they are arriving from a high-risk location.

However, passengers complained that the gate was repeatedly broken down and subsequently denied boarding at foreign airports.

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