11th of January 2022 – Amidst the increasing Corona Virus cases in India, the Central Government has revised the guidelines for International travellers to reduce the further spread of the Omicron variant Corona Virus.

The new guidelines will be effective from today, the 11th of January, and will remain in effect until further notice.

According to the revised guidelines, the travellers have to undergo seven days of home quarantine, and proceed with an RT-PCR test on the eighth day upon arrival in India.

The Children below the age of 5, however, are expected to undertake the test only if found symptomatic for the Corona Virus (COVID-19) during the home quarantine period, and are exempted from taking the RT-PCR test upon arrival.

The travellers, arriving from “at-risk” countries, will be required to take an RT-PCR test upon landing, and wait for their reults before leaving the airport or taking a connecting flight.

List of at-risk countries

Botswana, Brazil, China, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and all the countries from Europe including the United Kingdom.

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These travellers are required to upload a fresh set of RT-PCR test results on the Air Suvidha portal on the eighth day, which will be monitored by the respective States / Union Territories.

If these travellers test negative, they are required to self-monitor their health for the next 7 days.

On the other hand, if they test positive, their samples shall be further sent to the INSACOG laboratory for genomic testing. These travellers will be managed at an isolation facility and treated as per standard protocols.

Further contact tracing will be done as per the standard protocols, to find out possible infection spread.

The international travellers, who are found to be symptomatic, will be isolated immediately and as per health protocols, will be taken to a medical facility, even as the RT-PCR test records negative.

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