The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released a new set of guidelines for international arrivals, according to which travelers flying to India can now seek exemption from the institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT-PCR report.
The guidelines stated that international travelers seeking exemption from the institutional quarantine could either upload the negative report of RT-PCR test (conducted less than 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey) or could opt for on-arrival COVID testing provision at the entry airports in India, where such provision exists.
However, the mandatory quarantine rule (seven-day institutional and seven-day home quarantine) will be applicable to those international passengers who i) arrive in India without a negative RT-PCR test report ii) are not willing to undergo the test upon arrival or iii) have landed at an airport that doesn’t provide the on-arrival testing facility. Currently, a few international airports such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad airports have on-site COVID-19 test facilities for international flyers.
All the international passengers who are eligible for quarantine exemption will be allowed to leave the airport post the thermal screening and will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days. They will also be provided with the list of the national-level and state-level surveillance officers and the respective call center numbers so that they can reach out to them in case they develop symptoms during self-monitoring of their health.
It is also mentioned in the new guidelines that the travelers are required to submit ‘a self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel or physically after arrival at the respective health counters’.
The arriving travelers are also asked for an undertaking (to be submitted online or to the Ministry of Civil Aviation) that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority in the matter of quarantine rules.