Govt revises international travel advisory, provides various exemptions for Indian evacuees

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Amid the raging military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Union Health Ministry on Monday revised the international travel advisory, providing various exemptions for Indians being evacuated from war-torn Ukraine.

Russia had last Monday recognized two pro-Moscow rebel regions of Ukraine – Donetsk, and Luhanussisk – as independent entities following which the situation escalated. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a military operation in Ukraine and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to consequences you have never seen.

As the situation in Ukraine continues to remain grim, India has been bringing back its nationals stuck in the war-ravaged countries. The government has repeatedly been issuing advisories to its citizens, especially students, in Ukraine, cautioning them about the present situation and advising them to not move to any of the border posts without prior coordination.

Related NewsIndian students face hostility at Ukraine’s borders after India abstains from UNSC vote against RussiaRelated NewsImportant advisory to Indian nationals/students in Ukraine: Safest routes to evacuate, what to carry – details The ministry said it is ready to lend “every support” possible in the crisis situation and urged people to reach out to it in case any further support is required. The ministry has allowed the following exemptions in the advisory for international travelers:

  • Indian nationals not fulfilling either of the mandatory requirements (pre-boarding negative RT-PCR test report or fully vaccinated certificate) as laid down in the present ‘Guidelines for International Arrivals’ have been exempted from uploading these documents on Air-Suvidha Portal before departure to India.
  • Further, individuals who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination (irrespective of the country of departure/vaccination) have been allowed to leave the arrival airport in India with the advice to self-monitor their health for the next 14 days.
  • In case a traveler is not able to submit a pre-arrival RT PCR test or who has not completed their Covid-19 vaccination, they have been allowed to submit their samples on arrival with the advice to continue to self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival in India. If tested positive they shall be clinically managed as per laid down protocol.

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