India Revises Guidelines for Arriving International Travellers

The Government of India has revised the guidelines for international travellers arriving in the country. The guidelines have been modified amid the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant termed Omicron.

The revised guidelines will come into effect from 1st December, 2021 and will be reviewed from time to time as per requirement.

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Here are the travel guidelines:

Planning for Travel

  • Submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration) before the scheduled travel, including the last 14 days travel details.
  • Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report on the portal. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey.
  • Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report.
  • Passengers must also give an undertaking on the portal or to the Ministry of Civil Aviation through concerned airlines that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine/ self-health monitoring, as warranted, prior to undertaking the journey.

Before Boarding

  • Travellers shall be provided with dos and don’ts along with the tickets by the airlines/agencies concerned.
  • Airlines shall allow boarding to only those passengers who have filled in the Self Declaration Form on the Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report.
  • At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after the thermal screening.
  • All passengers shall be advised to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.

During Travel

  • In-flight announcements about COVID-19, including precautionary measures to be followed, shall be made at airports and in flights and during transit.
  • While in-flight, the crew shall ensure that COVID-appropriate behaviour is followed at all times.
  • If any passenger reports symptoms of COVID-19 during the flight, he/she shall be isolated as per protocol.


On arrival

  • Travellers from ‘countries at-risk’ will need to take a COVID-19 test post-arrival and wait for results at the airport. The samples of those who test positive will be sent for genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network and they will be moved to a separate isolation facility and treated as per laid down standard protocol, which includes contact tracing. 
  • The contacts will undergo institutional quarantine or home quarantine, monitored strictly by the concerned State Government. If the test is negative, they’ll undergo home quarantine for seven days, re-test on the eighth day and if negative again, they’ll further self-monitor for the next 7 days. 

The countries that are currently on the ‘at-risk’ list of India are:

Countries in Europe including the United Kingdom

South Africa

Brazil

Bangladesh

Botswana

China

Mauritius

New Zealand

Zimbabwe

Singapore

Hong Kong

Israel

  • De-boarding shall be done ensuring physical distancing.
  • Thermal screening would be carried out for all the passengers by the health officials present at the airport. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport health staff.
  • Passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility as per health protocol. If tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per laid down protocol.
  • Travellers from countries excluding those ‘countries at risk’ will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days. A subsection (5% of total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival.

For more details, check out the official order by the Union Health Ministry:

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