Passengers travelling abroad would need to bring a negative RT-PCR test report with a QR code starting Saturday, according to a set of guidelines released last week by the Union ministry of civil aviation to ensure minimal physical contact. “For international flights departing from India after 0001 hours on 22nd May 2021,” the ministry said in a release. Airline operators are advised to accept only those passengers who have a negative RT-PCR test report with QR code, it added.
Airlines with international flights were advised to make the required preparations. According to the release, the rule applied to passengers who were expected to bring a negative RT-PCR test report as per the guidelines provided by their destination countries.
Following reports of people editing RT-PCR test reports to produce a negative result, several laboratories have begun to include QR codes on RT-PCR test reports.
Shravan Mutha, Covid-19 manager at Pune’s Krsnaa Diagnostics, said his lab had adopted the practise to combat fake-negative results. “The QR code will take you to our portal, where the patient can get all of the information,” he explained.
The ban on international commercial passenger flights will remain in effect until May 31 as the country deals with the second wave of the pandemic. Several nations, including the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom, have also banned flights from India in order to prevent the spread of the highly contagious Covid-19 virus, which was discovered in the world for the first time.