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India revises rules for International travelers.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has revised guidelines for international travelers arriving in India. According to the reports, they will come into effect from January 11, 2022, when passengers arriving from ‘at-risk’ countries will have to undergo stringent isolation if tested positive upon arrival.

This move across as Omicron variant has risen in the country, and those transiting or arriving via ‘at-risk’ shall have to inform the airline company where they have to undergo post-arrival testing at the Indian airports and undergo quarantine as per the protocol. 

Also, it is noted that International Passengers will not be allowed to exit the airport before the test results.

Further, all international travelers to India must register for Air Suvidha Portal and self-declare all their travel details. Declare their authenticity and submit that they need to abide by all the decisions to undergo quarantine as per the revised guidelines. A negative report to covid-19 is to be obtained 72 hours prior to arrival.

Here are some of the guidelines that passengers arriving from ‘at-risk’ countries need to follow.

  • Submit a sample for the post-arrival Covid-19 test at the airport, which would be self-paid.
  • They will have to wait for test results at the airport before leaving or taking a connecting flight.
  • If their results come negative, they will have to undertake a 7-day quarantine and get tested again on the 8th day of arrival.
  • Travelers will have to upload the results of the RT-PCR test on the Air Suvidha Portal, which has to be monitored by respective States/UT’s.
  • If the test results come negative even on the 8th day of testing, they need to monitor for the next seven days.
  • Their samples would be sent for genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network if tested positive.
  • The positive tested people will be managed at an isolation facility and are treated as per rules laid down by the government.
  • Also, those in contact with the positive case would have to undergo home quarantine which will be monitored strictly by the concerned State Government. 

Here are some of the guidelines from travelers arriving from non ‘at-risk’ countries

 

  • Around 2% of total flight passengers will have to undergo post-arrival testing, carried out randomly at arrival.
  • Laboratories will prioritize testing of samples from such travelers.
  • All incoming passengers tested negative will have to undergo seven-day quarantine, get tested once again on the 8th day of arrival.
  • All passengers need to upload the results of the repeat RT-PCR test for Covid-19 done on the 8th day on Air Suvidha Portal. This will be monitored by respective States/UT’s.
  • If tested negative, they need to monitor for the next seven days. Their samples should be further sent for genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network if tested positive.
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