New travel rules for international arrivals from today: 10 points

New travel rules for international arrivals from today: 10 points

With India witnessing a surge in the active coronavirus caseload over the past few days, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued new rules for international arrivals in India.

The rules will come into effect from 11:59 pm on 22 February and will be in force till further orders. Here are the guidelines for international arrivals which will be effective from today.

Planning for travel

1. All international travelers will have to submit a self-declaration form (SDF) for Covid on the online Air Suvidha portal before their scheduled travel.

2. Travellers will also have to upload a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report on the online portal of New Delhi airport with a declaration form stating the authenticity of the report.

3. The test must be conducted 72 hours prior to the journey.

4. Only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after the thermal screening.

5. Arrival in India without a negative report to be allowed only for those traveling in the exigency of death in the family.

6. To seek such exemption travelers shall apply to the online portal at least 72 hours before boarding.

7. These rules shall also apply to international travelers arriving through seaports/land ports but an online registration policy cannot be availed by them.

8. International travelers arriving from/transiting through the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa (during the past 14 days) will have to be segregated by the airline in-flight.

9. Self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival will be mandatory for all travelers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in the United Kingdom, Europe, or the Middle East.

10. Such travelers will give their samples to the designated area before exiting 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.

Before boarding

1) Dos and dont’s to be provided along with a ticket to travelers by the airlines/agencies concerned.

2) Boarding to be allowed to those passengers who have filled in the self-declaration form online and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report.

3) Only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board the flight after the thermal screening.

4) All passengers to be advised to download the Aarogya Setu app

5) Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection to ensure at the airports.

6) During boarding all physical distancing to be ensured.

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