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Govt relaxes COVID curbs on international travel; changes aimed at helping students from Ukraine

The statistics shared by the Ukraine government suggest that there are a little over 18,000 Indian students there and there are estimates that majority of them are enrolled in various universities to study medicine.

February 28, 2022 / 03:43 PM IST
The first batch of Indians returning on an Air India evacuation flight on February 26. (Image: Twitter/S Jaishankar)

The first batch of Indians returning on an Air India evacuation flight on February 26. (Image: Twitter/S Jaishankar)

The Union health ministry, on February 28, revised the international travel advisory, imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide various exemptions to travellers from abroad to aid the evacuation of Indian students from the war-hit Ukraine.

Under the revised guidelines, mandatory pre-boarding negative RTPCR test and COVID-19 vaccination certificate are not required to be uploaded on the Air-Suvidha portal by Indian nationals heading home now.

The government said that individuals who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination, irrespective of the country of departure or vaccination, are being allowed to leave the arrival airport in India with the advice to self-monitor their health for the next 14 days.

However, such travellers will need to submit their samples for COVID-19 testing on arrival.