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New guidelines for international travelers to India from December 1st


Starting from December 1st onwards, international passengers arriving in India will need to submit their 14-day travel history and a negative RT-PCR report on Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel. India will be testing all the passengers coming from at-risk countries mandatorily.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed the officials to review easing of international travel restrictions in the wake of the new Omicron variant which is classified as a variant of concern, India revised its global travel guidelines.

More Focus on Those from ‘At-risk’ Nations

Travelers will be required to upload a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours of their scheduled journey. The passenger liable for criminal prosecution in case of manipulated reports.

The 12 at risk countries include countries in Europe including UK and South Africa, Botswana, Israel, Hong Kong, Brazil, Bangladesh, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore and Zimbabwe. All the passengers should take the Covid test post arrival and wait for results at the airport before leaving or taking any connecting flights. If the passengers test negative, they will follow home quarantine for seven days. They need to undergo test again on the eighth day and if the report is negative, passengers will have to monitor their health for the next seven days.

In case such passengers are found symptomatic during screening, they will be immediately isolated and treated at a health facility. If the passengers test positive, their samples will be sent for genomic testing at the Insacog laboratory network. They will be moved to a separate isolation facility and treated as per the standard protocol. Those who came in contact with such positive cases will be kept under institutional quarantine or under home quarantine – monitored by the concerned state government.

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