The Indian authorities on Thursday revised pointers 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 in opposition to the present seven days of dwelling quarantine.
The brand new pointers will come into impact from Monday, February 14, the Union Well being Ministry stated.
The ministry burdened the “want to observe the constantly altering” COVID-19 virus but in addition acknowledged that “financial actions should be taken up in an unhindered method”.
In keeping with the brand new pointers, all overseas arrivals should fill a self-declaration type on-line (accessible on the Air Suvidha internet portal), together with a journey historical past of the previous 14 days.
They have to additionally add a destructive 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 acquired each vaccine doses.
This feature, nonetheless, is simply accessible 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 Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, the US, the UK, Bahrain, Qatar, Australia, New Zealand, and a few European nations.
Airways (will) enable boarding (of) solely these passengers who’ve stuffed in all the knowledge within the self-declaration type… and uploaded the destructive RT-PCR take a look at report or COVID-19 vaccination certificates…” the Well being Ministry has stated.
Solely asymptomatic passengers will likely be allowed to board, and Covid-appropriate behaviour, together with the usage of face masks and training of social distancing, should be adopted through the flight.
On arrival, along with thermal screening, passengers chosen at random (as much as two per cent of complete passengers per flight) will likely be requested to bear RT-PCR exams.
Passengers will likely be chosen by the airline and should “ideally” be from completely different international locations.
Passengers discovered to be symptomatic will likely 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 stated.
These guidelines substitute these introduced in December, when strict restrictions had been put in place to forestall the extra contagious Omicron variant from spreading.
Regardless of these guidelines, nonetheless, the Omicron pressure discovered its means into the nation and triggered a 3rd wave of instances, with every day instances peaking at almost 3.5 lakh in the course of final month.
Each day instances have slowed since, prompting many states and cities, together with Mumbai and Delhi, to ease restrictions and attempt to get better misplaced financial progress.
This morning 67,084 Covid instances had 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.