Omicron; Govt introduces new guidelines for international travelers to India from December 1

As the new Covid-19 variant Omicron emerges in countries like South Africa, International travelers raise concerns and doubts about their travel. They have been continuously checking up the websites of the government and its official announcements, as it is going to be the holiday season in December where everyone is ready to celebrate it. Amid the concerns, the government has issued some guidelines which provide clarity to all passengers traveling to India:

  1. As per the guideline, passengers traveling to India will have to show a mandatory negative Covid test report and will have to fill a self-declaration form also. They will not be able to enter India if any of these two conditions are not fulfilled.
  1. A separate holding area has been mandated in all airports in India to test Covid especially for passengers from “at-risk” countries. “All incoming passengers accordingly may be advised, while filling the Air Suvidha portal, that they should plan their onwards journey keeping in mind the stay at the airport to obtain the test results,” The Director-General of Civil Aviation issued the order.
  1. All passengers should show a travel history of their last 14-day journey.

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  1. In addition to pre departure Covid test, those coming from “at-risk” nations like South Africa have to give samples for RT-PCR testing after reaching India which is said as a post-arrival test. Anyone found positive will be quarantined and the sample will be sent for genome sequencing.
  1. The passengers found negative can depart the airport but have to undergo home isolation for 7 days. Those coming from countries considered not at risk and whose samples have tested negative have been advised to monitor themselves carefully for at least two weeks.
  2. The current guidelines also mandate that 5% of the travelers coming from countries that are not in the ‘at risk category’ will also be tested on a random basis at the airports for Covid-19.