An Air India flight approaching landing at London’s Heathrow Airport. Photo: Antony Nettle / Alamy Stock Photo
Your negative RT-PCR test will need a QR code if you’re flying out of India from 22 May. Passengers flying out without a QR code will not be allowed to board their international flights, a new memorandum by the Ministry of Civil Aviation states. The condition applies to flights from all airlines that operate on international sectors from India.
New rule for international flights
The decision has been made to prevent the use of false and forged negative RT-PCR reports at airports, and to ensure the safety of all passengers. The QR code, which links to the traveller’s original report, will allow for verification with minimum physical contact and delays. The memorandum specifies that this rule applies only to passengers who are required to carry a negative RT-PCR report as per the guidelines or requirements issued by their destination countries.
Earlier this year, many major diagnostic labs, including Metropolis India and Suburban Diagnostics, started providing QR codes on the test. In February, Dubai health authorities also made a QR code mandatory for passengers heading to the UAE. If you’re flying out of India, make sure to check with the diagnostic centre and request a QR code on the report if it isn’t provided for already.