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What To Know About New Travel Rules For International Arrivals

BP World Bureau | Feb 21 2021 12:36:06 PM
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Union health ministry released new guidelines for international arrival amid the spread of mutant variants of COVID-19.

Rules will come into effect from 11:59pm on Monday. 

Three SARS-CoV-2 variants in circulation so far;

  1. UK variant 
  2. South Africa variant 
  3. Brazil variant

These variants have been detected in 86, 44, and 15 countries, respectively, according to the health ministry. 

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Therefore from February 22nd; 

  1. Before their scheduled travel, all international travellers will have to submit a self-declaration form (SDF) for COVID-19 via Air Suvidha portal online.
  2. They have to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report on the online portal of New Delhi airport, www.newdelhiairport.in.
  3. COVID-19 test must be taken at least three days before the travel. 
  4. Asymptomatic travelers will be permitted to board after the thermal screening.
  5. People coming from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa will have to be segregated by the airline in-flight.
  6. For those coming from these nations, self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival will be mandatory.

If passengers test negative then they will be advised to self-monitor their health for two weeks. 

If positive, they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol.