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.
14 days Self-Monitoring post-arrival as against 7 days Home Quarantine as was mandated earlier. (5/6)
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) February 10, 2022
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).
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.
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.
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.