new guidelines for international travelers from 1st december due to corona epidemic

According to the news of Times of India, India will compulsorily test 5 percent of the passengers coming from those countries where the risk of corona is high.

The list includes countries in the UK and Europe including South Africa, Botswana, Israel, Hong Kong, Brazil, Bangladesh, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore and Zimbabwe.

The threat of corona epidemic is not over yet, even though the second wave may have ended, but South Africa’s new variant Omicron has worried people around the world. Meanwhile, the central government has issued new guidelines in view of the new variant (Omicron). Center has issued new guidelines for international travelers. According to this, from December 1, 2021, passengers will have to submit their travel history of 14 days and an RT-PCR negative report at the airport before travel. According to the news of Times of India, India will compulsorily test 5 percent of the passengers coming from those countries where the risk of corona is high.

A day after it was directed to review the easing of international travel restrictions in view of the Omicron variant, India has revised its global travel guidelines. The Center has also decided to re-evaluate its plan to resume international flights in India.

What did the spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs tweet?

A spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs tweeted, “The decision on the date of resumption of commercial international travel service will be taken after a review. As per the new guidelines, now all international passengers wishing to travel to India will mandatorily have to submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal along with travel history of the last two weeks. People from at-risk countries will be given more attention. They will have to upload a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report which is not older than 72 hours of their scheduled travel. Any manipulation by the passenger in the report will result in criminal prosecution.

More caution about these countries

According to the news, travelers from 12 at-risk countries will be kept under additional surveillance. The list includes countries in the UK and Europe including South Africa, Botswana, Israel, Hong Kong, Brazil, Bangladesh, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore and Zimbabwe. Passengers will have to undergo a post-arrival COVID test and wait for the result at the airport before leaving or taking any connecting flight. If they test negative, they will be under home quarantine for seven days. They will be tested again on the eighth day and if the report is negative, the passengers will have to monitor their health for the next seven days.

If such passengers are found to have symptoms during the screening, they will be immediately isolated and treated at the health centre. If they test positive, their samples will be sent to the Insacog laboratory for genomic testing, they will be taken to a separate isolation facility and treated as per standard protocol. Such positive people will be kept in home quarantine and will be monitored by the state government.

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