Centre Issues Guidelines For International Arrivals, Makes 14 Days Quarantine Mandatory, Use Of Aarogya Setu App Must

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued guidelines for International Arrivals.

It’s mentioned that certain activities have been allowed including trains for migrant workers and evacuation of Indians stranded in other countries. Regular train services are also being resumed in phases and limited services of domestic airlines which arecommenced from today i.e. 25th May, 2020. 

The Ministry said that with a view to harmonize health related instruction during such travel, the guidelines are issued and States/UTs were requested to implement the aforesaid guidelines. However, they may developand implement their own protocol as per their assessment of the situation with a view to effectively contain COVID 19.

The Guidelines are as follows: -

  1. Before boarding, all travellers shall give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days- 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.
  2. Only for exceptional and compelling reasons such as cases of human distress, pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) accompanied by children below 10 years, as assessed by the receiving states, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days. Use of ‘Aarogya Setu app’ shall be mandatory in such cases.
  3. Dos and Don'ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the agencies concerned.
  4. All passengers shall be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices.
  5. At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after thermal screening.
  6. Passengers arriving through the land borders will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, and only those who are asymptomatic will be enabled to cross the border into India.
  7. Self-declaration form in duplicate shall be filled by the person in the flight/ship and a copy of the same will be given to Health and Immigration officials present at the airport/ seaport/ land port.The form may also be made available on Aarogya Setu app
  8. Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection shall be ensured at the airports as well as within the flights.
  9. During boarding and at the airports, all possible measures to ensure social distancing to be ensured.
  10.  Suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports/port and in flights/ships and during transit.
  11. While on board the flight/ ship, required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. are to be observed by airline/ ship staff, crew and all passengers.
  12. On arrival, thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the Health officials present at the airport/ seaport/ landport. 
  13. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol.
  14. The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective State/ UT Governments.
  15. These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days.
  16. If they are assessed as mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the COVID Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate.
  17. Those having moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID Health facilities and managed accordingly.
  18. If found negative, they shall be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor their health for 7 days.
  19. In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call center (1075). 

Lastly, it was notified that states can also develop their own protocol with regards to quarantine and isolation as per their assessment.

-India Legal Bureau