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Union Health Ministry issues new list of guidelines for international arrivals

Union Health Ministry has issued a new list of guidelines for international arrivals. These guidelines will be valid with effect from tomorrow till further orders. All travellers will have to submit self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel. They should upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report and the test should have been conducted within 72 hours  prior to undertaking the journey.

The guidelines say each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. Airlines to allow boarding by only those passengers who have filled in the Self- Declaration Form on the Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report.

At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening. On arrival, if the passengers are found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol and if tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per laid down protocol.

The guidelines said that there are countries which have agreement with India on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates of Nationally recognised or WHO recognised vaccines. Similarly, there are countries which presently do not have such an agreement with India, but they exempt Indian citizens fully vaccinated with Nationally recognised or WHO recognised vaccines.

On the basis of reciprocity, the travellers from all such countries which provide quarantine-free entry to Indians are allowed certain relaxations on arrival. The link will be available at website of Ministry of External Affairs and Air Suvidha Portal. However, international travellers arriving through seaports and land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently.

Our correspondent reports that children under five years of age are exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol.


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