`No nation at risk': Centre revises travel guidelines; quarantine, testing not required

As per the revised guidelines issued by the union health ministry, the government said that all the international travelers will have to upload a self-declaration form with the history of travel in the last 14 days on the government’s Air Suvidha portal

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  11 Feb 2022 4:31 AM GMT
`No nation at risk: Centre revises travel guidelines; quarantine, testing not required

Andhra Pradesh: International travelers will no longer have to quarantine for seven days or get tested at the airport if they come from an 'at-risk country'.

As per the revised guidelines issued by the union health ministry, the government said that all the international travelers will have to upload a self-declaration form with the history of travel in the last 14 days on the government's Air Suvidha portal (https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration) before travel and submit a negative RT-PCR test done 72 hours before travel or Covid -19 vaccination certificate of having completed the primary vaccination schedule.

The new guidelines will be in effect from 14 February.

Previously, international travelers, irrespective of whether they had Covid-19 symptoms, were supposed to remain in quarantine for seven days, get tested on the 8th day, and upload the report to the government's Air Suvidha portal. Now, they need to monitor their health for 14 days and report to a health facility or the government helpline 1075 if found any symptoms. Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre-and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the self-monitoring period, they shall undergo testing and be treated as per laid down protocol.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said only 2% of the total passengers in the flight shall undergo random post-arrival testing at the airport on arrival.

Passengers will submit the samples and shall be allowed to leave the airport. If such travelers are tested positive, their samples should be further sent for genomic testing and shall be treated/isolated as per laid down standard protocol. Airlines were advised to allow boarding by only those passengers who have filled in all the information in the Self Declaration Form on the Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report or Covid vaccination certificate. At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after thermal screening and all passengers shall be advised to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices," he said.

Also, international travelers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently. Such travelers shall submit the self-declaration form to the concerned authorities of the Government of India at seaports/land ports on arrival.

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