Thursday, 20 January 2022

Home quarantine mandatory for all international passengers arriving in India from today

Home quarantine mandatory for all international passengers arriving in India from today

All international passenger arrivals in India will undergo mandatory home isolation for a week from today onwards, Last Friday, the Union ministry of health and family welfare said. The central government announced has revised guidelines for international travelers to slow the further import of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, rapidly spreading across the country.

According to the documents, "the existing guidelines have been revised because of reported of a new variant of Sars-CoV-2 Covid (B.1.1.529; naming Omicron) which has been classified as Variant of Concerns by the (WHO) World Health Organization".

The travelers have to undergo home quarantine for seven days and undertake an RT-PCR test on India's eighth day of arrival. At the same time, children under five years of age are free from pre-and post-arrival testing. They have to undertake the Covid test if found symptomatic for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on arrival or during the home isolation period.

India has designated several at-risk countries and regions where travelers must submit the post-arrival Covid-19 test sample. Such travelers are required to wait for the results of their self-paid test at the arrival airport before leaving or taking a connected flight.

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The order stated.

"Travellers shall also be required to upload the results of repeat RT-PCR test for COVID-19 done on an eighth day on Air Suvidha portal (to be monitored by the respective States/UTs,"

"If they found negative, they will further self-monitor the seventh day for next seven days. But, if such travellers are tested positive, their samples should be further sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network. The order added that they shall have to be managed at an isolation facility and treated as per put down standard protocol, including contact tracing," the order added.

The symptomatic international travelers during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility as per health protocol.

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