New COVID19 guidelines issued for international travellers flying to India

Indian government had issued a set of revised guidelines for international arrivals.

This has been done keeping in mind the spread of mutant variants of coronavirus.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a tweet.

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The new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will come into effect from 23.59 hours on February 22 till further orders.

There are fresh guidelines for all international travellers coming/transiting through flights originating from the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Guidelines for international arrivals effective 22 February:

  • All international travellers will have to submit self-declaration (SDF) for Covid on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel.
  • They will also have to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report on the online portal www.newdelhiairport.in.
  • The test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey and each passenger will also have to submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report, as per the guidelines.
  • At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after the thermal screening.
  • International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently, as per the civil aviation ministry guidelines.
  • Airlines should identify the international travellers arriving from/transiting through the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa (during the past 14 days) and segregate them in-flight.
  • All the travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in the United Kingdom, Europe or the Middle East shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry).
  • All travellers from Europe and the Middle East shall give samples at the designated area and exit the airport. If the test report is negative, they will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days. If the test report is positive, they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol.

For other passengers not falling in this category, the rules remain the same.

The other passengers will be subject to the existing exemptions and quarantine norms upon arrival.

Please note that scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23.

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Flights to and from India are currently operated as per air bubble agreements with various countries.