The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (“Ministry”) has, in an Order dated 2nd August, 2020 issued Guidelines for international arrivals (“Guidelines”) in supersession of the earlier Guidelines dated 24th May, 2020.
The present Guidelines will be effective from 8th August, 2020.
A. Before Planning for Travel:
1. All travellers to submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. Further, they should also provide an undertaking on the portal stating that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e. 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health;
2. Only for compelling reasons/ cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days; anyone seeking exemption under the above-mentioned grounds, needs to file an online application on the portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the Government (as communicated on the online portal) will be final;
3. Travellers seeking exemption from institutional quarantine may submit a negative RTPCR test on arrival (such test should have been conducted within 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey) and also upload the test report on the portal for consideration;
Each passenger must also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India.
B. Before Boarding:
1. The Do’s and Don’ts will be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the agencies concerned;
2. All passengers will be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices;
3. At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening;
4. Passengers arriving through the land borders will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, and only those who are asymptomatic will be enabled to cross the border into India;
5. Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection shall be ensured at the airports;
6. During boarding and at the airports, all possible measures to ensure social distancing to be ensured;
C. During Travel:
1. Travellers who had not filled out the self-declaration form on the portal have to fill the same (in duplicate) in the flight / ship and a copy of the same will be provided to Health and Immigration officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iand-port. Alternatively, such travellers may submit self-declaration form on the online portal after arriving at the airport/ seaport/ Iand-port as per the directions of the concerned authorities, if such facility is available;
2. Suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports / port and in flights / ships and during transit;
3. While on board the flight/ ship, required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. are to be observed by airline/ ship staff, crew and all passengers.
D. On arrival:
1. De-boarding should be done while ensuring social distancing;
2. Thermal screening to be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the Health officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iand-port;
3. The self-declaration form filled online must be shown (or a copy of physical self-declaration form to be submitted) to the airport health staff;
4. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol;
5. Post thermal screening, the passengers who have been exempted from institutional quarantine (decision as indicated on the online portal in advance) will show the same to the respective State Counters on their cell phones/other mode before being allowed home quarantine for 14 days;
6. The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective State / UT Governments. These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days;
8. The passengers will be tested as per ICMR protocol available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Revisedtestingguidelines.pdf.
a. Incase they test positive, they will be assessed clinically.
b. If they are assessed as asymptomatic / pre-symptomatic/ very mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the COVID Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate.
c. Those having mild/ moderate/ severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid Health facilities and managed accordingly. If found negative, they shall be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor their health for 7 days.
d. In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the State / National call center (1075).
States may develop their own protocol with regards to quarantine and isolation as per their assessment post arrival of passengers in the State concerned.