Fly to India from abroad? Check out the new international travel rules here

The Union Ministry of Health has issued a set of revised guidelines for international arrivals. Under the new guidelines, five categories of passengers are exempt from the mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine. These guidelines are applicable from August 8. Last month India formed bilateral air bubbles with countries like the United States, United Arab Emirates, France and Germany under which airlines from both countries are allowed to operate special international flights with certain restrictions.

Guidelines for international arrivals as of August 8

1) All travelers must submit a self-declaration form on the online portal at least 72 hours before the planned trip.

2) Passengers must also agree on the portal to undergo a mandatory institutional quarantine of seven days, at their expense, followed by seven days of home quarantine with self-monitoring of their health.

3) A total of five categories of passengers can obtain exemption from the mandatory institutional quarantine of seven days – pregnant women; those who have suffered death in the family; those who suffer from a serious illness; parents accompanying children under the age of 10, and those who have a COVID-negative certificate from a test carried out 96 hours before travel.

4) If they wish to request such an exemption, they should contact the delhi airport gate at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.

5) All other international passengers arriving in India must go through the usual process of mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine, at their own expense, followed by seven days of home quarantine.

6) Each passenger must submit a self-report form indicating that they have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the three weeks prior to the flight.

Dos and Don’ts

Passengers were also invited to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones.

Before boarding the plane or ship, the guidelines stated that dos and don’ts should be provided with travelers’ tickets by the relevant agencies.

The guidelines also state that upon boarding the aircraft or ship, only asymptomatic travelers will be permitted to board after thermal screening.

During the trip

Appropriate precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection must be ensured at airports and during boarding; and in airports, all possible measures to ensure social distancing to be ensured.

On board the flight or ship, required precautions such as wearing masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene should be observed by airline / ship personnel, crew and all passengers.

At the arrival

Upon arrival, the guidelines stated that disembarkation must be carried out with respect to social distancing.

A thermal screening would be carried out for all passengers by health workers present at the airport / seaport / land port.

The self-report form completed online must be shown (or a copy of the physical self-report form to be submitted) to airport health personnel, ”he said.

Passengers showing symptoms during screening should be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility in accordance with protocol.

After the thermal check, the guidelines say that passengers who have been exempted from institutional quarantine will show the same at the respective state counters on their cellphones / other modes before being allowed to be quarantined at home for 14 days. .

Scheduled international passenger flights have remained suspended in India since March 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, special international repatriation flights and international charter flights have been authorized by the aviation regulator DGCA. Since May 6, special international flights have been operated by Air India as part of the Vande Bharat mission to help stranded people reach their destination. Private carriers also operated a number of flights as part of this mission.

Domestic flights resumed in India from May 25 after a two-month hiatus due to the lockdown triggered by the coronavirus.

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