India Issues Fresh Guidelines for International Arrivals

The Ministry of Health & Welfare has issued revised guidelines for international passengers arriving in India. The fresh guidelines will come into effect from 8th August, 2020.

While the ban on scheduled international flights has been extended till August 31, these guidelines have been issued keeping in mind the passengers that are being repatriated under the Vande Bharat Mission, now in its phase 5.

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Here are the most important changes in the new guidelines:

>All travellers should submit a self-declaration form on the online portal at least 72 hours before travel.

>Travellers will also be required to give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days out of which 7 days will be paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring.

>On arrival, passengers will have to go through thermal screening in India. If the passenger tests positive, he or she shall be assessed clinically.

>Moreover, states can develop their own protocol on quarantine and isolation as per their assessment after passengers arrive.

Who All are Exempted from Institutional Quarantine?

>Home quarantine for 14 days may be permitted only for a few exceptional reasons / cases of human distress like pregnancy, death in the family, serious illness, and parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below.

>For this, passengers will need to apply on the online portal ( at least 72 hours before boarding.

>Travellers can also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival. However, the test should have been conducted within 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration.

Protocol to be Undertaken for Passengers Testing Positive:

If a passenger tests positive after thermal screening, he or she shall be assessed clinically under these points:

>If the passenger is assessed as asymptomatic / pre-symptomatic/ very mild cases, he or she will be allowed home isolation or isolation in the Covid Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate.

>Passengers with mild/ moderate/ severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid health facilities and managed accordingly.

The complete guidelines also mention several points to be kept in mind before planning the journey, precautions to be followed before boarding, during travel and on arrival. They can be checked here and here.

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Passengers may note that these guidelines are also applicable on travellers arriving through land borders.

Image credits: Ministry of Civil Aviation official Twitter handle

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