India issues new guidelines for international arrivals

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All international passengers entering India will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine of 14 days, according to new guidelines issued by India’s Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare.

GUIDELINES FOR INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS

■ Before boarding, all travellers to give undertaking that they will undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days – 7 days paid institutional quarantine at own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.

■ Home quarantine may be permitted for exceptional and compelling reasons. Use of Aarogya Setu app shall be mandatory in such cases.

■ All passengers shall be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices.

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■ At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after thermal screening.

■ Self-declaration form in duplicate shall be filled by the person in the flight/ship and a copy of the same will be given to Health and Immigration officials present at the port of entry. The form may also be made available on Aarogya Setu app.

■ Suitable precautionary measures to be ensured, including wearing of masks, social distancing and hand hygiene.

■ On arrival, thermal screening of all passengers to be carried out by the health officials present at the port of entry.

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■ The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective State/ UT Governments.

■ These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days. If they test positive, they shall be assessed clinically.

Domestic travel resumes on Monday, although with limited operations. The federal Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday that international flight operations from India might commence from July depending upon the circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak.

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