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New guidelines for international arrivals: From 7-day home quarantine to mandatory negative RT-PCR test | FAQ answered

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Due to the cascading fear of the new variant of coronavirus, Omicron, the Union Health Ministry on Sunday, November 29, has revised guidelines for international arrivals. The new guidelines will be effective from December 1. According to the new guidelines, all travellers need to submit the self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal.

What are the things you need to keep in mind if you are planning to travel to India?

You need to upload a negative RT-PCR test report and the test should have been conducted 72 hours prior to taking the journey.

Apart from this, boarding will be allowed to only those passengers who have filed the self-declaration form, and the passengers will be asked to download the Aarogya Setu app.

What are the things that you need to follow on your arrival?

There will be thermal screening after the arrival.

Those who will be found symptomatic will be immediately isolated and will be taken to a medical facility as per health protocol.

If you are from a country that is at risk and you tested negative, what are the things you need to follow?

If tested negative then you will be made to home quarantine for 7 days, there will be a retest on the 8th day and if found negative again, then there will be self-health monitoring for the next 7 days.

If you are from a country that is at risk and you tested positive, what are the things that you need to follow?

Your sample will be sent for genomic testing and you will be admitted to a separate isolation facility. There will be treatment according to laid down standard protocol.

However, if the genomic testing is negative for the Omicron variant, then you will be discharged at the discretion of the treating physician.

But, if you are positive for the new variant then strict isolation and treatment protocol needs to be followed till you tested negative.

If you are coming from a country which is not listed in the countries at risk list, then what are the guidelines for you?

In this category, a random sample of 5 per cent of travellers will undergo RT-PCR testing on arrival. In this, if you tested negative then there will be self-health monitoring for 14 days.

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However, if you test positive, then your sample will be sent for genomic testing and treatment will take place, according to standard protocol.

Will there be testing of children under 5 years of age?

No. Children under 5 years of age are exempted from pre and post-arrival testing.

With fears growing of the Omicron variant in India, the number of fresh coronavirus cases reported is 8,309 and 236 people have died in the last 24 hours.

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