Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Centre changes guidelines for international passengers arriving in India

Centre changes guidelines for international passengers arriving in India

On Thursday Centre issued revised guidelines for international passengers arriving in India. According to the new guidelines, children below five are exempt from pre-and-post-arrival testing for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India.

However, suppose they are found symptomatic for coronavirus infections on arrival or during their home quarantine period. In that case, they shall undergo testing and be treated according to laid down protocol, news agency PTI reported citing the guidelines.

Notably, the existing guidelines were reviewed because of boosted-up Covid-19 vaccination coverage across the world and the changing nature of pandemic, the Union ministry of health and family welfare outlined.

The document also underlined the need to monitor the continuously changing nature of the virus and evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, even as it highlighted that the global trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic is declining with certain regional variations.

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Check complete revised guidelines for international passenger arrival in India:

  • This standard operating system shall be valid from November 12 till further orders, the ministry said.
  • At least 15 days must have advanced since completion of Covid-19 vaccination schedule.
  • If travelers are fully vaccinated and coming from a country with which India has mutual arrangements for mutual approval of WHO approved Covid-19 vaccines, they shall be allowed to leave the airport and need not undergo home quarantine. However, they shall self-monitor their health for 14 days post-arrival.
  • For travelers who are partially or not vaccinated, they will need to submit samples for a post-arrival Covid-19 test report at the point of arrival, after which they will be allowed to leave the airport. Other measures they will need to adhere to include home quarantine for seven days, re-test on the eighth day of arrival in India, and if negative, further self-monitor of their health for the next seven days.
  • Travellers under home quarantine or self-health monitoring, if develop signs and symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 or test positive for Covid-19 on re-testing, they will immediately self isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call national helpline number 1075 or state helpline number.
  • It is mandatory to ensure physical distancing and thermal screening during deboarding on arrival.
  • The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport health staff.
  • According to health protocols, passengers who are symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility. If tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed according to laid down protocol.
  • Contacts of the suspect case are the co-passengers seated in the same row, three rows in front and three rows behind, along with identified cabin crew.
  • Also, all the community contacts of those travelers who have tested positive (during the home quarantine period) would be subjected to quarantine for 14 days and tested as per ICMR protocol, the guidelines stated.

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