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New Guidelines For International Arrivals In India: No RT-PCR Test At Airport, No 7-Day Home Quarantine

Instead of seven-day home quarantine as mandated earlier, all travellers will self-monitor their health for 14 days after their arrival, say the new guidelines

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New Guidelines For International Arrivals In India: No RT-PCR Test At Airport, No 7-Day Home Quarantine
The new guidelines for international arrivals have removed the category of 'at risk' countries which was introduced when the Omicron Covid variant emerged last year in December
Highlights
  • The new guidelines will come into effect from Monday, February 14: Centre
  • Only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board
  • 2% of passengers shall undergo random post arrival testing: Centre

New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) issued revised guidelines for international arrivals on Thursday (February 10). The revised guidelines will come into effect from February 14. According to the Union Health Ministry, the guidelines for international arrivals in India are being formulated by evaluating the risk and monitoring the continuously changing nature of the coronavirus. The Ministry highlighted that the new guidelines have been developed keeping in mind that while monitoring the spread of infection in the country and across the globe is being done, cognizance is also given to the fact that economic activities need to be taken up in an unhindered manner.

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The new guidelines for international arrivals have removed the category of ‘at risk’ countries which was introduced when the Omicron Covid variant emerged last year in December.

Here are 10 rules to be followed by the airports/seaports/land ports and the international travellers arriving in India, as per the new guidelines:

  1. All foreign arrivals must fill a self-declaration form online (available at the Air Suvidha web portal), including a travel history of the past 14 days.
  2. Travellers must also upload a negative RT-PCR test that was conducted within 72 hours of the travel date.
  3. Alternatively, they can also upload a certificate confirming they have received both vaccine doses. This option, however, is only available for passengers arriving from 72 countries whose vaccination programmes the Indian government recognises as part of a reciprocal programme. These countries include Canada, Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Qatar, Australia, New Zealand, and some European nations.
  4. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board.
  5. Covid-appropriate behaviour, including the use of face masks and practising of social distancing, must be followed during the flight.
  6. On arrival, in addition to thermal screening, passengers selected at random (up to two per cent of total passengers per flight) will be asked to undergo RT-PCR tests.
  7. Passengers found to be symptomatic will be immediately quarantined and tested, with contact tracing carried out if they are found to be Covid-positive.
  8. Instead of seven-day home quarantine as mandated earlier, all travellers will self-monitor their health for 14 days after their arrival
  9. International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, except that the facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently.
  10. Children under five years of age are exempted from both pre- and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the period of self-monitoring period, they shall undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol, the guidelines state.

According to the government, around three-quarters of adults in the country of 1.3 billion people have had one shot and around 30 percent are fully vaccinated. China is the only nation to dish out more vaccine doses than India, having fully inoculated some 1.05 billion, or 75 per cent of its citizens, as of late September.

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