Amid the rise in COVID cases in India, the government has said that all international passengers coming to the country will have to undergo week long home quarantine.
This will be followed by an RTPCR test on the eighth day. Travelers shall also be required to upload results of RT-PCR test for COVID-19 done on 8th day on Air Suvidha portal (to be monitored by the respective States/UTs).
The revised guidelines shall be valid from 11th January 2022 (00.01 Hrs IST), according to a Press release put out by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The ministry said that the guidelines for international travel have been revised on January 6 in view of the changing nature of COVID -19 virus, evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern (VOCs) i.e. Omicron variant and reported increase in the cases worldwide. The revised guidelines are posted on the Health Ministry website and can be accessed at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/RevisedGuidelinesforInternationalArrivalsdated7thJanuary2022.pdf
The guidelines were last updated on November 30, 2021.
According to the circular, people wishing to travel to India will have to submit complete and factual information in self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal.
Travellers also need to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report, conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. Among other details, those travellers in need to undertake testing on arrival should preferably pre-book the test online on the Air Suvidha portal.
Apart from this, the government also made it clear that those passengers transiting from at-risk countries will have to be informed by the airlines that they will undergo post-arrival testing. If tested positive, they will have to adhere to stringent isolation protocols. Additionally, a set of do’s and don’ts will be provided to the passengers along with the ticket by the airlines. Downloading the Aarogya Setu app on mobile devices is also mandatory.
During travel, in-flight announcements on COVID-19 and precautionary measures have been made mandatory. If any passenger reports symptoms of COVID-19 during the journey, he or she will have to be isolated by the aviation crew as per protocol.
Passengers who test negative are advised to monitor their health for the next seven days. If found positive, their samples will be sent for genomic testing at the INSACOG labs network and they will have to adhere to standard protocols of isolation.
In view of the surge in COVID-19 cases, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the Mumbai civic body has made RT-PCR test mandatory for all international passengers landing at the international airport in Mumbai. These guidelines were issued last week. On Tuesday, Mumbai reported 10,860 new cases of COVID which was the highest daily count since April 7 this year. According to BMC, two more persons succumbed to the infection.
India reported a single-day rise in coronavirus infections above one lakh after 214 days, taking its total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,52,26,386. This includes 3,007 cases of Omicron reported across 27 states and UTs, according to data updated today by the Health Ministry .
Out of the total Omicron cases reported so far, 1,199 people have recovered or migrated. Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 876 cases followed by Delhi at 465, Karnataka 333, Rajasthan 291, Kerala 284, and Gujarat 204.