Indian government issues 16 guidelines for international arrivals — makes 14-day quarantine compulsory

149 migrant Rajasthanis stranded in the United Kingdom arrived here on a special flight from London on Friday afternoon via Delhi under the Centre’s Vande Bharat AbhiyanBCCL
  • The Indian government is planning to resume international flights from June.
  • All passengers shall be advised to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.
  • The international arrivals will be required to go in a mandatory 14-day quarantine period after their travel.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued 16 guidelines for all the international travellers arriving across the country. The Indian government is planning to resume international flights from June. Previously, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri allowed domestic flights to operate in the country from May 25.

This comes as COVID-19 cases in India saw the biggest spike for the third consecutive day on Sunday with 6,767 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 1,31,868, while the death toll due to the disease rose to 3,867 after 147 more fatalities, the Union Health Ministry said on May 24

The active cases of the coronavirus disease rose to 73,560. While 54,440 people have recovered, one patient has migrated to another country, according to the ministry's bulletin.

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These are the new guidelines listed for international travel

  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 the 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. The use of the Aarogya Setu app shall be mandatory in such cases.
  3. Dos and Don'ts shall be provided along with tickets to the travelers by the agencies concerned.
  4. All passengers shall be advised to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.
  5. At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after the 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. Serf-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 the 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 flight/ships and during transit.
  11. While onboard the flight/ ship, required precautions such as wearing 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/ land port.
  13. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a 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. They shall be tested as per ICMR protocol available at www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Revisedtestinfauidelines.pdf
  • If they test positive, they shall be assessed clinically. 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.
  • Those hving moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID Health Facilities and managed accordingly.
16. In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call center (1075).

According to the Health Ministry, all the states are allowed to develop their own protocols related to quarantine and isolation.

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