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;
- UK variant
- South Africa variant
- 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;
- Before their scheduled travel, all international travellers will have to submit a self-declaration form (SDF) for COVID-19 via Air Suvidha portal online.
- They have to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report on the online portal of New Delhi airport, www.newdelhiairport.in.
- COVID-19 test must be taken at least three days before the travel.
- Asymptomatic travelers will be permitted to board after the thermal screening.
- People coming from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa will have to be segregated by the airline in-flight.
- 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.