Fully vaccinated people may not be required to carry RT-PCR report for domestic travel. Centre discussing mechanism – The Economic Times

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​Civil aviation minister said that the discussion on the issue is underway among representatives of different ministries and other stakeholders.​​

In order to make domestic travel hassle free for passengers who have received both doses of Covid vaccine, the Centre is mulling a mechanism to do away with the requirement of an RT-PCR report.

Civil aviation minister said that the discussion on the issue is underway among representatives of different ministries and other stakeholders.

“A joint team from several ministries and stakeholders, including the Health Department, are in discussion to take a final decision on allowing travelling by air without an RT-PCR test for those who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine,” Minister of Civil Aviation (MoCA) Hardeep Singh Puri told ANI.

A number of states, particularly the ones having higher caseload, require fliers to carry negative RT-PCR reports.

“Health is a state subject, and to ask passengers for a negative RT-PCR report before they enter a state is solely the right of that particular state,” Puri added.

Meanwhile, the concept of ‘vaccine passport’ for passengers travelling internationally is also being contemplated, to which India has raised objections and termed it as a ‘discriminatory idea’.

“Expressed India’s concern and strong opposition to ‘Vaccine Passport’ at this juncture of the pandemic. With vaccine coverage as a percentage of population in developing countries is still low compared to developed countries, such an initiative could prove to be highly discriminatory,” Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told at the meeting of G7 countries.

(With ANI inputs)

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