All international passengers should now home quarantine for a week on arrival in India, amid a surge in cases. Apart from that, travellers from at-risk countries will have to submit samples for Covid testing upon arrival and will only be allowed to leave the airport premises after the report. Those testing negative will have to quarantine for seven days and undergo an RT-PCR test on the eighth day of their arrival. Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said that they are mulling over introducing compulsory institutional quarantine for foreign arrivals from ‘at-risk’ countries even if they carry a COVID-19 negative test report.
Passengers From At-Risk Countries Must Pre-book RT-PCR Test
Amid the omicron scare, passengers arriving at six major airports in India from at-risk countries will have to compulsorily pre-book their RT-PCR test. The rule will come into effect in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, airports in the first phase. To book an RT-PCR test, follow these steps:
- Visit www. newdelhiairport.in and click on ‘Book Covid-19 Test’ and select travel type (domestic or international)
- Fill up your personal details such as name, email ID, mobile number, Aadhaar card/passport number, address, and appointment date and time.
- Then select the type of test – RT-PCR or Rapid PCR.
- Follow the instructions and book a slot for your RT-PCR test on arrival.
To get the test done, will have to pay ₹500 for RT-PCR and ₹3500 for the rapid test. In the case of RT-PCR, test results will be available within six-eight hours whereas, for rapid, it will be available in just 30 minutes to one and a half hours.
Starting Dec 20th, all international travelers from ‘at-risk’ countries, arriving at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad will have to compulsorily prebook an RT-PCR test.#Omicron pic.twitter.com/cnVxAuxy5T
— ANI (@ANI) December 14, 2021
New Arrival Rules For International Passengers
To combat the spread of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, India has issued some new rules for international passengers. All international passengers travelling to India must submit their health declaration on the Air Suvidha portal before travelling. They will also have to submit documents like PCR negative test report, copy of passports and vaccination certificates. Travellers from ‘at-risk’ countries need to undergo a test on arrival too which can be pre-booked by clicking on the testing facility link.
Steps To Followed By International Passengers Travelling To India
- Passengers need to submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal.
- They need to submit a negative RT-PCR test report with samples taken not before 72 hours of the journey.
- They need to undergo a self-paid COVID-19 test on arrival at the airport.
- Passengers will have to undergo home quarantine for 7 days.
- Post-arrival COVID-19 testing is mandatory for travellers from at-risk countries like Europe, the UK, South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Israel, China, Ghana, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.
States Have Outlined Guidelines For Incoming Passengers
A few states have also issued guidelines for incoming travellers. For example, Srinagar in J&K has set up free and paid quarantine facilities. In Mumbai, The BMC has set up new rules to monitor passengers coming from at-risk countries, including making follow-ups on phone calls and doing physical visits to check on quarantine. Uttar Pradesh has also released fresh guidelines for all passengers. These guidelines are as follows:
- Incoming passengers need to compulsorily undergo RT-PCR tests.
- Genome tests will be carried out for all patients infected with COVID-19 across all districts
- The state is ensuring stringent vigil on the borders.
- The state has increased the number of beds in Health Centres and medical colleges by 19,000 and 55,000 beds.
- Health officials need to monitor the availability of oxygen and beds.