7-day home quarantine for visitors from at-risk nations amid fear of Omicron

A statement regarding the authenticity of the Covid test report will also be required.

New Delhi:

International passengers must submit a 14-day travel history and upload negative Covid test results, the government said on Sunday. Travelers from countries deemed “at risk” will also undergo a mandatory 7-day home quarantine if they are negative for the virus, the Union’s health ministry said in revised travel guidelines for passengers internationals in view of “Omicron” – a new variant of Covid that has been classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization.

Passengers will be required to submit a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha’s online portal and include their travel history for the past two weeks. They will also need to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report, which should have been completed within 72 hours of travel. A declaration regarding the authenticity of the Covid test report will also be required, the reports manipulated will make the passenger liable to criminal prosecution.

The new guidelines will come into effect on December 1, 2021.

Travelers from 12 at-risk countries will be subject to additional testing and surveillance. They will have to take the Covid test after arrival and wait for the results at the airport before leaving or taking a connecting flight. If the test is negative, they will follow the home quarantine for 7 days, retest on the 8th day and if they are negative again, they will continue to self-monitor for the next 7 days.

These countries “at risk”, as of November 26, are countries of Europe, in particular the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

If such passengers are symptomatic during screening, they will be immediately isolated and treated at a health facility. If they are positive, their samples would be sent for genomic testing to the INSACOG laboratory network, a pan-Indian, multi-laboratory, multi-agency network set up by the government to monitor genomic variations in SARS-CoV-2. . They will then be transferred to a separate isolation facility and treated according to standard protocol. Contacts of these positive cases will be kept in institutional quarantine or at home, strictly monitored by the government of the state concerned in accordance with standard protocol.

Travelers coming from countries excluding these “high risk countries” will be allowed to leave the airport and will have to monitor their health for 14 days.

A subsection (5% of total passengers on the flight) must undergo testing after random arrival at the airport on arrival.

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