No PCR test for fully vaccinated passengers traveling from…

(MENAFN- Gulf Times)

India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday revised its guidelines for international arrivals, including the removal of pre-boarding Covid-19 RT PCR testing for fully vaccinated passengers from 82 countries, including Qatar, from Monday 14 February.

In accordance with the new guidelines, passengers must upload their full primary vaccination certificate before the planned trip on the Air Suvidha portal.

This is the biggest relaxation for international arrivals to India since Covid.

“Thermal screening would be carried out for all passengers. Passengers found symptomatic during screening should be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility in accordance with health protocol. If they test positive, their contacts should be identified and managed according to established protocol,” according to the revised guidelines.

“2% of the total number of in-flight passengers must undergo random testing after arrival at the airport upon arrival. These travelers on each flight must be identified by the relevant airlines (preferably from different countries). They will hand over the samples and be allowed to leave the airport. If these travelers test positive, their samples should be sent for genomic testing to the INSACOG laboratory network. They should be treated/isolated according to established standard protocol,” he adds.

All travelers will self-monitor their health for the next 14 days after arrival. If travelers under self-monitoring develop signs and symptoms suggestive of Covid, they will self-isolate immediately and report to their nearest health facility or call the national helpline number (1075)/d state hotline.

China and the United Arab Emirates are among those not on the list of 82 countries so far.

Last update: February 10, 2022 4:19 PM

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