Centre issues guidelines for international incoming passengers

Akhilesh Suman

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Amid growing demands to allow international flights from abroad into India, the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs on Sunday issued fresh guidelines for potential travellers.

Accordingly, before boarding all travellers will give an undertaking that they will undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days — 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days self-isolation and monitoring of health at home.

For compelling reasons like human distress, pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) accompanied by children below 10 years, receiving states can permit people home quarantine for 14 days. The use of Aarogya Setu app will be mandatory in such cases.

It has also been made clear that for all international travellers the Aarogya Setu app will be advised, while not mandatory, inside India.

Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed inside Indian borders via air, land or water routes. Further they will be allowed entry only after mandatory thermal screening.

On board flights or ships, precautions like wearing masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene will be observed by the staff of the airline or ship, crew and all passengers.

On arrival, passengers will go through thermal screening by Health officials at the airport or seaport.

Passengers found symptomatic during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as prescribed by the health protocol.

If they test positive, and are assessed mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the COVID Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as is deemed appropriate.

People with moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID Health facilities and managed accordingly.

Negative cases will be advised self-isolation at home and self-monitoring of health for 7 days.

In case, any symptoms develop they will inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call centre at number: 1075.

Under the guidelines, states will be free to develop their own protocol on quarantine and isolation as they deem fit.