Corona free & distressed passengers coming to India from Aug 8 can skip institutional quarantine | India News

NEW DELHI: People flying into India from Saturday (August 8) onward can seek exemption from institutional quarantine if they come with a corona-negative test report. The test should have been conducted within 96 hours of undertaking the journey to India and passengers submitting false or forged medical reports will be prosecuted.
Also, those coming to India for “compelling reasons/cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below” from next Saturday can seek home quarantine for 14 days, instead of seven days paid institutional quarantined then seven days home quarantine. “If they wish to seek such exemption, they shall apply to the online portal at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final,” say fresh guidelines issued by the Union health ministry on Sunday for international arrivals that will be effective from 12.01 am on August 8.
About travellers coming with a corona-negative test report, the guidelines say: “Travellers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India.”
Before planning for their trip to India, the fresh guidelines ask all passengers to “submit self-declaration form on the online portal at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel and also give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days — 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health,” they say.
Before boarding aircraft to India, “all passengers shall be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices. At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening. Passengers arriving through the land borders will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, and only those who are asymptomatic will be enabled to cross the border into India.”
During travel, “on board the flight/ ship required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene are to be observed by airline/ ship staff, crew and all passengers.”
On arrival, symptomatic passenger shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility. “Post thermal screening, the passengers who have been exempted from institutional quarantine (decision as indicated on the online portal in advance) will show the same to the respective state counters on their cell phones/other mode before being allowed home quarantine for 14 days,” the guidelines say.
Other passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective state/ UT governments, for being kept there at least for seven days. “If they test positive, they shall be assessed clinically. If they are assessed as asymptomatic / pre-symptomatic/ very mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the Covid Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate. Those having mild/ moderate/ severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid Health facilities and managed accordingly. If found negative, they shall be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor their health for 7 days,” it adds.
In case, any symptoms develop such travellers shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call centre (1075). The health ministry says states can develop their own protocol with regards to quarantine and isolation as per their assessment post arrival of passengers in the state concerned.
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