New Delhi: As the COVID-19 case witnessed a steady decline, the Union Health Ministry has relaxed COVID-19 guidelines for international visitors and has decided to drop the earlier requirement for RT-PCR based testing of a random two per cent subset of international travellers. The new guidelines come into effect from midnight of July 20. The government note said,
The earlier requirements for RT-PCR based testing of a random 2 per cent subset of international travellers to India now stands dropped
However, the earlier advice for precautionary measures will be followed in the context of COVID-19 by airlines as well as international travellers shall continue to apply. The updated guidelines have been made available on the official website of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare official website. The official statement mentioned,
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare continues to follow the COVID-19 scenario closely
India reported 49 fresh covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, with the active caseload at 1,464, according to an update by the health ministry on Wednesday.
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