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Indian government has issued new rules for international travelers arriving in India.

Amid renewed fears over a new Covid variant ‘Omicron‘, the government has issued new rules for international travelers arriving in India. These were announced following a high-level meeting to review public health preparedness with states and UTs. All international passengers must submit 14 days’ travel history and upload negative Covid test results on the Air Suvidha portal.

The new travel guidelines are effective from December 1, 2021.

  1. All travelers should upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs before undertaking the journey.
  1. All the travelers must upload a negative covid-19 RT- PCR report.
  1. Only the passengers that have filled in the self-declaration form and uploaded their RT-PCR test report on the Air Suvidha portal will be allowed to board by the airlines.
  1. Passengers traveling from the ‘at risk’ countries will be given prior notice that they will undergo a post-arrival testing routine. They will be quarantined if tested positive and will have to follow stringent isolation protocols if tested positive.
  1. The countries designated as “at-risk” are the European countries, the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel according to the updated list.
  1. Passengers from these countries would have to go through the RT-PCR test after they arrive. They are also required to wait for their test result before taking another flight.
  1. If they are tested negative, they would have to be quarantined for 7 days. They would be required to take a re-test on the 8th day on arrival if the result is negative. If positive, they would have to monitor their health for 7 days.
  1. Moreover, if such travelers are tested positive, their samples will be tested at the INSACOG laboratory network. They will be taken care of by a separate isolation facility as per laid-down protocols.
  1. The contacts of these positive cases will be kept under quarantine by the institution or at home, monitored strictly by the concerned state government.
  1. Travelers who are not from the at-risk nations will be allowed to leave the airport and must self-monitor their health for 14 days.
  1. A section of total Passengers traveling will undergo post-arrival testing at the airport.

The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in South Africa and some other countries and has been declared as a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation. The Government of India has declared some countries as “at-risk” countries.

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