The Union Ministry of Tourism has called on all state governments to refrain from providing mandatory RT-PCR tests for visitors who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a letter to all states, the ministry said the issue was discussed in a virtual meeting with all state and union territories, top secretaries of the Department of Tourism and the Association of Indian Tourism and Hospitality Associations (FAITH) chaired by the Secretary of the Tourism Union. August 5.
Currently, only some countries such as Maharashtra and Sikkim allow fully vaccinated passengers to enter without negative RT-PCR reports.
Countries such as West Bengal (for travelers from Mumbai, Pune and Chennai), Karnataka, Goa and Chhattisgarh continue to require negative RT-PCR reports, regardless of the dual vaccination status.
The ministry said removing the provision would help build trust among travelers and boost tourism.
Sources indicate that the ministry took this step after various tourism actors complained that such provisions seriously affected their business.