New Covid Variant “Omicron” was founded in South Africa and WHO warned all countries to take measures and safety. We hope that it will not severely affect international travel & tourism in India but still we need to consider the safety of each client.
India also revised travel guidelines for international arrivals in India. The Indian Government considered a few countries at Risk and revised guidelines for the people who are traveling from those countries to India. The nations that are currently on the ‘at-risk’ list of India are European countries, including the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.
Updated Travel Guidelines For International Passengers arriving in India
1. All passengers should submit a self-declaration form on the online air suvidha portal (https://www.newdelhiairport.
in/airsuvidha/apho- registration) before scheduled journey along with travel details for the last 14 days.
2. Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been done within 72 hours before starting the journey.
3. Every passenger shall also produce a declaration regarding the authenticity of the report and shall be liable to criminal prosecution if found otherwise.
4. They should give an undertaking through the respective airlines on the portal or otherwise to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India that they will abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home/institutional quarantine before allowing them to travel. / Self-health monitoring, as required.
5. Continuing the earlier approach, travelers from certain specified countries (based on the epidemiological status of COVID-19 in those countries) are identified for additional follow-up. These include the need for additional measures as described in below.
Travelers from designated countries at risk shall follow the protocol as detailed below:
1. Submission of sample for post-arrival COVID-19 test* at the point of arrival (self-paid). Such travellers will be required to wait for their test results at the arrival airport before leaving or taking a connecting flight.
2. If tested negative they will follow home quarantine for 7 days. Re-test on the 8th day of arrival in India and if negative, further self-monitor of their health for next 7 days.
3. However, if such travellers are tested positive, their samples should be sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network.
4. They shall be managed at a separate isolation facility and treated as per laid down standard protocol including contact tracing.
5. The contacts of such a positive case should be kept under institutional quarantine or at home quarantine monitored strictly by the concerned State Government as per laid down protocol.
6. Travellers from Countries excluding those Countries at risk, will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival. A sub-section (5% of the total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival.
7. The 5% of such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferably from different countries).
8. Such travellers shall be escorted by the concerned airlines/MoCA to the testing area on arrival.
9. The cost of testing of such travellers shall be borne by MOCA.