- The federal government on Thursday revised tips for worldwide arrivals
- The brand new tips will come into impact from Monday, February 14
- The federal government eliminated the class of ‘in danger’ international locations
The federal government on Thursday revised tips for worldwide arrivals, eradicating the class of ‘in danger’ international locations – launched when the Omicron Covid variant emerged – and likewise recommending self-monitoring of 14 days for signs towards the present seven days of dwelling quarantine.
The brand new tips will come into impact from Monday, February 14, the Union Well being Ministry mentioned.
The ministry careworn the “want to watch the constantly altering” COVID-19 virus but additionally acknowledged that “financial actions must be taken up in an unhindered method”.
In line with the brand new tips, all overseas arrivals should fill a self-declaration type on-line (out there on the Air Suvidha net portal), together with a journey historical past of the previous 14 days.
They have to additionally add a damaging RT-PCR take a look at that was performed inside 72 hours of the journey date.
Alternatively, they will additionally add a certificates confirming they’ve obtained each vaccine doses.
This feature, nevertheless, is barely out there for passengers arriving from 72 international locations whose vaccination programmes the Indian authorities recognises as a part of a reciprocal programme.
These international locations embrace Canada, Hong Kong, the US, the UK, Bahrain, Qatar, Australia, New Zealand, and a few European nations.
“Airways (will) permit boarding (of) solely these passengers who’ve crammed in all the data within the self-declaration type… and uploaded the damaging RT-PCR take a look at report or COVID-19 vaccination certificates…” the Well being Ministry has mentioned.
Solely asymptomatic passengers shall be allowed to board, and Covid-appropriate behaviour, together with the usage of face masks and training of social distancing, have to be adopted in the course of the flight.
On arrival, along with thermal screening, passengers chosen at random (as much as two per cent of complete passengers per flight) shall be requested to endure RT-PCR assessments.
Passengers shall be chosen by the airline and should “ideally” be from totally different international locations.
Passengers discovered to be symptomatic shall be instantly quarantined and examined, with contact tracing carried out if they’re discovered to be Covid-positive.
All different passengers should self-monitor for 14 days for any Covid signs, the Well being Ministry mentioned.
These guidelines substitute these introduced in December, when strict restrictions have been put in place to stop the extra contagious Omicron variant from spreading.
Regardless of these guidelines, nevertheless, the Omicron pressure discovered its method into the nation and triggered a 3rd wave of circumstances, with each day circumstances peaking at almost 3.5 lakh in the course of final month.
Day by day circumstances have slowed since, prompting many states and cities, together with Mumbai and Delhi, to ease restrictions and attempt to recuperate misplaced financial development.
This morning 67,084 Covid circumstances have been reported in 24 hours – a marginal lower from the greater than 71,000 reported yesterday. India’s lively caseload is now at 7.9 lakh.