Pune, 22nd November 2022: On Monday (November 21), the Indian Government’s Ministry of Civil Aviation decided to lift the mandatory ‘Air Suvidha’ that all overseas passengers needed to complete.
One of the reasons for this achievement includes the efforts put forth by Sudhir Mehta, Former President of the Maratha Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).
On November 6, he requested Civil Aviation Minister to lift Air Suvidha’. He tweeted, “While #airsuvidha was essential during the pandemic, it no longer serves any purpose. I request Civil Aviation Min @JM_Scindia ji and Health Minister @mansukhmandviya ji to look into the same, and do away with this time-consuming and cumbersome formality.”
He added, “While most #Covid restrictions and protocols are now voluntary, and India has done away with full vaccination as a requirement to enter India; #AirSuvidha remains mandatory. This is an unnecessary inconvenience for anyone entering into the country, and needs to be discontinued”
Many users supported him and tweeted regarding the same.
One used wrote, “Agreed; it does not serve any purpose and there is not much of seriousness in its implementation. But once in a while someone wakes up and does a check so one has to complete it as compliance.”
On Monday (November 23), when the Air Suvidha’ was lifted, Mehta tweeted, ” Good News! @MoCA_Gol has discontinued #AirSuvidha formalities for people flying into India. Effective 22 Nov, travelers will also not be required to take a #RTPCR test. Thank you Hon. Min @JM_Scindia ji for accepting our request and doing away with this redundant formality.”
Air Suvidha is a Self Declaration form that is required to be completed online by travelers to disclose their current health status. All foreign travelers entering the country on planes now have to fill out this form in advance of boarding.
The Ministries of Civil Aviation and Health and Family Welfare implemented contactless self-declaration at the Air Suvidha Portal last year to ensure the seamless entry of foreign visitors to India.