Union Health Ministry of India has issued revised guidelines for international arrivals in India effect from 1 December. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) issued the revised guidelines for international arrivals after the emergence of the new Covid variant ‘Omicron’.

All international arriving passengers need to submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal before their scheduled travel and summit the last 14 days’ travel details. The passengers also need to upload negative RT-PCR test reports conducted within 72-hours prior to the journey on the Air Suvidha portal before the journey.

As per the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry, travelers from ‘countries at risk’ will need to take the COVID-19 test post-arrival and wait for results at the airport. If tested negative they have to follow, home quarantine for seven days and have to take a re-test on the eighth day. If negative, have to further self-monitor for the next seven days.

A sub-section (5 percent of the total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on the arrival.

According to the MoHFW, the ‘countries at risk’ include Europe including the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, Bangladesh, China, Mauritius, Botswana, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, Israel.

The existing guidelines have been revised in view of reporting of a new variant of COVID-19 named Omicron which has now been classified as a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization.

Guidelines by MoHFW: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/GuidelinesforInternationalarrival28112021.pdf

Countries at risk: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/ListofCountriestobereferredtoincontextofGuidelinesforinternationalarrivalsdated11thNovember2021updatedon28112021ver4.pdf

Press release: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1776028&fbclid=IwAR2Yk7o1rq9AHBBcabZLWhFueyIiFsO5wj5CchiOwQEH8vUn8L1oXrp1rqI

DGCA Guidelines: https://www.dgca.gov.in/digigov-portal/Upload?flag=iframeAttachView&attachId=150803522

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