Omicron: Ministry of Health issues fresh guidelines

New Delhi: When fears of spread of the mutated Covid variant – Omicron is looming large, the Union Healthy Ministry today revised its guidelines for international arrivals in India.

The new guidelines will come into effect from December 1, 2021.

Those who want to visit India will have to submit 14 days travel details, uploading negative RT-PCR test report on Air Suvidha portal before the journey

As per the guidelines, travellers from ‘countries at-risk’ will need to take COVID test post arrival and wait for results at airport

If tested negative they’ll follow, home quarantine for seven days. Re-test on eighth day and if negative, further self-monitor for next seven days

Travellers from countries excluding those ‘countries at risk’ will be allowed to leave airport and shall self-monitor health for 14 days. A sub-section (5% of total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival.

Here’s list of countries from where travelers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India

The tests for passengers from ‘at-risk’ nations will be self-paid while the cost of the random tests will be borne by the Civil Aviation Ministry.

“Travellers from countries excluding the ‘at risk’ countries will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days post arrival,” said the statement.

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