News Alert | India Removes Quarantine Requirement for Foreign Arrivals

International travellers headed to India will now have to self-monitor for two weeks after arrival in the country.

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Around 2 per cent of all international passengers will have to undergo random testing post arrival. Photo by: Tappasan Phurisamrit

After a consistent decline in the number of active cases and an uptick in the national COVID-19 recovery rate, a number of changes to the existing COVID-19 travel protocols have been made for international arrivals in India, starting Monday, February 14. Apart from scrapping categories denoting at-risk countries, the Central Government has also removed the 7-day home quarantine mandate for foreign arrivals. The Ministry of Health issued a statement stating the new requirements for passengers flying into the country.

 

 

Travellers will instead need to self-monitor for two weeks starting from the day of arrival. Should they develop any symptoms during this period, the said individuals will need to self-isolate and report to a nearby health facility, or call the National Helpline (1075).

 

Before Travelling

Passengers need to submit a duly filled self-declaration form available on the Air Suvidha portal before departure, along with the preceding two weeks’ travel history. They will also have to upload a negative report for an RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours of departure from the respective destination. Those submitting a certificate proving completion of a full primary schedule of vaccination don’t need an RT-PCR test report. Passengers are also required to download the Aarogya Setu mobile application and update their details on it prior to departure. For detailed information on the self-declaration form, see below.

Guidelines for International Arrivals starting February 14, 2022

 

Random Testing on Arrival

About 2 per cent of all international passengers will need to go random testing upon arrival. They can submit their samples and proceed further, but in case of a positive test report, travellers will be put under isolation as stipulated by the Central Government. Their samples will be sent to the INSACOG laboratory network for genome testing.

 

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  • Prannay Pathak dreams about living out of a suitcase and retiring to the island of Hamneskär to watch films in solitary confinement. He is Assistant Editor (Digital) at National Geographic Traveller India.

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