Beginning on Sunday, travelers to India from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand will need to present the results of a COVID-19 test that were negative.
According to the minister, Mansukh Mandaviya, travelers from such nations would need to post their test results on a government website run by India before departing.
The health ministry stated in a statement that “this is being done in view of the evolving COVID-19 situation across the world, particularly in the aforesaid nations,” adding that the test should be taken within 72 hours of travel to India.
The new requirement for a COVID test would be in addition to the random tests on 2% of all international passengers arriving in India.
India joins the United States, Japan, Italy and Taiwan in imposing mandatory COVID tests for travellers from China, amid a COVID surge there after authorities relaxed strict “zero-COVID” rules.
Top health officials from the European Union were holding talks on Thursday to try to coordinate very different views on how to respond to China’s decision to lift its COVID-19 restrictions amid a wave of infections there.