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India: RT-PCR Test Not Required For Fully Vaccinated Passenger As Per New Guidelines

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, on February 10, released detailed guidelines for international arrivals at airports, doing away with the quarantine provision.

Ministry of Health, Government of India, recently issued new travel guidelines for international arriving passengers in the country. Under the revised guidelines RT-PCR test is no more needed if a passenger is fully vaccinated.

Now the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has directed health officials and district magistrates to ensure the Centre’s revised COVID-19 guidelines for international arrivals are followed at Delhi’s IGI Airport.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, on February 10, released detailed guidelines for international arrivals at airports and seaports in the country, doing away with the quarantine provision.

According to the guidelines, all the passengers will show a self-declaration form on arrival at the airport.

The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to the medical facility under health protocol. If tested positive, their contacts will be identified and managed as per laid down protocol.

The protocol post-arrival mandates that two per cent of the total passengers in a flight will undergo random testing at the airport. Such travellers in each flight will be identified by the airlines concerned, preferably from different countries.

They will submit the samples and will be allowed to leave the airport. If such travellers test positive, their samples would be sent for genomic sequencing. All travellers will self-monitor their health for the next 14 days of arrival. Earlier, such travellers were required to undergo weeklong home quarantine.

The guidelines state if travellers under self-health monitoring develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, they will immediately self-isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call the national helpline number (1075)/ state helpline number.

This Standard Operating Procedure will be valid from midnight of February 14 till further orders. Based on the risk assessment, this document shall be reviewed from time to time. The guidelines further stipulate all travellers should submit complete and factual information in a self-declaration form on the online air portal Suvidha before the scheduled travel, including the last 14 days’ travel details.

They will also upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hrs prior to undertaking the travel or certificate of completing the full primary vaccination schedule.

With inputs from PTI

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