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Health Ministry revised guidelines for international arrivals

Amid the fear of Omicron variant of Coronavirus Union Health Ministry revised guidelines for international arrivals in India to be effective from December 1. The revised guidelines mandates submitting 14 days travel details, uploading negative RT-PCR test report on Air Suvidha portal before the journey.

As per Health Ministry’s guidelines, travellers from ‘countries at-risk’ will need to take COVID test post arrival & wait for results at airport.

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If tested negative they’ll follow, home quarantine for 7 days. Re-test on 8th day & if negative, further self-monitor for next 7 days.

Travellers from countries excluding those ‘countries at risk’ will be allowed to leave airport & shall self-monitor health for 14 days. A sub-section (5% of total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival.

The Health Ministry has classified countries in Europe, including UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel as ‘at-risk’.

The existing guidelines have been revised in view of the Covid variant Omicron (B.1.1.529), which has been now classified as a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization, the Health Ministry said.

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As per the revised guidelines, before boarding passengers originating from or transiting through at-risk countries shall be informed by the airlines that they will undergo post-arrival testing, quarantine if tested negative, stringent isolation protocols if tested positive, etc.

Do’s and Don’ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the airlines/agencies concerned and airlines will allow boarding of only those passengers who have filled in the self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report.

This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey.

(With inputs from ANI)

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