India Issues New Guidelines For International Arrivals

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
India Issues New Guidelines For International Arrivals

All international passengers arriving at India must undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine, India’s Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare announced. All travelers must take up a 14-day quarantine before boarding a ship or a flight. The 14-day quarantine is split into seven days of paid institutional quarantine at the expense of passengers, and seven days of isolation at home.

However, people in human distress, serious illness, pregnant women, in case of death in family, and parents accompanied by children below 10 years are permitted home quarantine for 14 days. The use of the Aarogya Setu app will be mandatory in such exceptional cases.

What Is The Aarogya Setu App

All passengers arriving in India must download the Aarogya Setu app. At the time of boarding, only travelers who are identified as asymptomatic will be permitted to board the flight or ship. In addition, a self-declaration form in duplicate must be filled by passengers or a copy of the same will be given to health and immigration officials present at the port of entry. The form is also available on the Aarogya Setu app.

The Government of India launched the Aarogya Setu app in an effort to monitor and mitigate the spread of coronavirus in the country. The mobile application uses GPS to detect a person’s surroundings and notifies whenever the user is closer to someone affected. It also gives detailed statistics about nearby cases. One can also take a self-help assessment through the Aarogya Setu app.

Thermal Screening

Upon arrival, travellers will have to go through thermal scanning at the point of entry. Those exhibiting Covid symptoms will then be isolated immediately.

India is likely to open up inbound international travel in the next couple of months. All international travel has been suspended for more than two months as India went into a lockdown in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.