India Releases New COVID Guidelines For International

India Releases New COVID Guidelines For International

On Thursday, 10 February 2022, the Indian Government redrafted its travel policies for international arrivals. As per the new guidelines, a self-monitoring period has allowed for international arrivals rather than the usual fortnight compulsory quarantine.

“All travellers will self-monitor their health for the next 14 days of arrival. If travellers under self-health monitoring, develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID19, they will immediately self-isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call national helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number,” the new order stated.

“International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently,” the order stated.

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New Revised Guidelines:

1) “Such travellers shall submit the self-declaration form to the concerned authorities of the government of India at seaports/land ports on arrival,” the order had stated.

2) Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the international passengers by the health officials present at the airport. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport health staff.

3) The international passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol. If tested positive, their contacts shall beidentified and managed as per laid down protocol
A sub-section (2% of the total passengers in the flight) shall undergo random post-arrival testing at the airport on arrival. Such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferably from different countries). They will submit the samples and shall be allowed to leave the airport.

4) If such travellers are tested positive, their samples should be further sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network. They shall be treated/isolated as per laid down standard protocol.

5) Before boarding a flight to India, submit complete and factual information in self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel, including the last 14 days’ travel details. Also, take a printout of the form submitted online.

6) Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report or a full vaccination certificate. The test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey.

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