Passengers travelling from or transiting via “at-risk” international locations must bear RT-PCR check on arrival in India and shall be required to attend for the outcomes earlier than leaving the airport or taking a connecting flight, in response to revised tips issued on Sunday after the emergence of the brand new Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Travellers coming from international locations apart from these listed as “in danger” shall be allowed to go away the airport and shall self-monitor their well being for 14 days after arrival, however 5 per cent of them shall be randomly examined on the airport, the revised tips issued by the Union Well being Ministry acknowledged.
The airways involved ought to determine the 5 per cent of such travellers to be examined in every flight, ideally from totally different international locations. Such travellers shall be escorted by the airways or the Ministry of Civil Aviation authorities to the testing space on arrival and the price of testing of such travellers shall be borne by the ministry.
The present tips have been revised in view of reporting of a brand new variant of SARS-CoV-2, named Omicron (B.1.1.529), which has been now categorised as a Variant of Concern by the World Well being Group, the Well being Ministry mentioned.
This normal working process shall be legitimate from December 1 until additional orders. The revised tips will supersede earlier ones issued on and after November 11.
In line with the revised tips, earlier than boarding passengers originating from or transiting via at-risk international locations shall be told by the airways that they are going to bear post-arrival testing, quarantine if examined detrimental, stringent isolation protocols if examined constructive, and so on.
Do’s and Don’ts shall be offered together with ticket to the travellers by the airways/businesses involved and airways will enable boarding of solely these passengers who’ve stuffed within the self-declaration type on the Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the detrimental RT-PCR check report.
This check ought to have been performed inside 72 hours previous to enterprise the journey.
On the time of boarding the flight, solely asymptomatic travellers shall be allowed to board after thermal screening and all passengers shall be suggested to obtain Aarogya Setu app on their cell gadgets.
“Travellers from specified international locations in danger will comply with the protocol as detailed under: Submission of pattern for post-arrival COVID-19 check on the level of arrival (self-paid). Such travellers shall be required to attend for his or her check outcomes on the arrival airport earlier than leaving or taking a connecting flight.
“If examined detrimental they are going to comply with dwelling quarantine for 7 days. Re-test on the eighth day of arrival in India and if detrimental, additional self-monitor of their well being for subsequent seven days,” the rules acknowledged.
Nonetheless, if such travellers check constructive, their samples ought to be despatched for genomic testing on the INSACOG laboratory community.
They shall be managed at separate isolation facility and handled as per laid down normal protocol, together with contact tracing, and the contacts of such constructive case ought to be stored beneath institutional quarantine or at dwelling quarantine monitored strictly by the state authorities involved.
The international locations (in danger up to date as on November 26, 2021) from the place travellers would want to comply with further measures on arrival in India embrace European international locations, the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.
Youngsters beneath 5 years of age stay exempted from each pre- and post-arrival testing. Nonetheless, if discovered symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or throughout dwelling quarantine interval, they shall bear testing and handled as per laid down protocol.
In line with the rules, contacts of the suspect case are the co-passengers seated in the identical row, three rows in entrance and three rows behind together with recognized cabin crew.
Additionally, all of the neighborhood contacts of these travellers who’ve examined constructive throughout dwelling quarantine interval can be subjected to quarantine for 14 days and examined as per ICMR protocol.
Worldwide travellers arriving via seaports/land ports may even must bear the identical protocol, besides that facility for on-line registration shouldn’t be obtainable for such passengers presently.
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