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RT-PCR Report Mandatory for Unvaccinated Travelers Visiting Leh and Andaman

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RT-PCR Report Mandatory for Unvaccinated Travelers Visiting Leh and Andaman

The Indian Government has recently done away with the need for a negative RT-PCR report for travelers flying to India (this came into effect on 22nd November 2022), but you may still be required to submit a negative RT-PCR report if you are heading to Andaman and Nicobar Islands or Leh Ladakh.

Yes, these Union Territories still have this rule in place for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers. While air travelers arriving at Leh Airport need to produce a negative RT-PCR report not older than 96 hours, Andaman-bound travelers must carry a negative report of the RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours of undertaking the journey to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

What happens if you travel to these places without an RT-PCR report? You will have to mandatorily undergo on-arrival COVID-19 test at your destination airport – Leh Airport or Port Blair Airport. So, international travelers may not be asked to submit a negative COVID-19 test report at their port of entry (be it Delhi International Airport or Chennai International Airport, or any other major airport), but if you are planning to travel to Leh or Andaman and Nicobar Islands from here, it is recommended that you carry a negative RT-PCR report as per these guidelines, to avoid the COVID-19 test upon arrival.

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