14-day history, surveillance in new rules for international travellers
International passengers must submit 14 days' travel history and upload negative Covid test results, the government said. The Union Health Ministry has revised travel guidelines for international passengers in view of 'Omicron' - a new variant of Covid that has been classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation.
Passengers will have to submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal and include travel history for the past two weeks. They will also be required to upload a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test report, which should have been conducted within 72 hrs of the journey. A declaration with respect to the authenticity of the Covid test report will also be required, manipulated reports will make the passenger liable for criminal prosecution.
The new guidelines will come into effect from December 1, 2021.
Travelers from 12 at-risk countries will be subjected to testing and extra surveillance. They will need to take the Covid test post-arrival and wait for results at the airport before leaving or taking any connecting flights. If the test is negative, they'll follow home quarantine for 7 days, re-test on the 8th day and if negative again, further self-monitor for the next 7 days.
Travellers from countries excluding those 'countries at risk' will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days.
A sub-section (5% of total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival.