Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Mumbai’s new quarantine rule for international arrivals

Travellers entering India via Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) without a valid negative RT-PCR test can now reduce the mandatory institutional quarantine by taking the test for COVID-19 on the day after arrival.

This amendment by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, as reported by The Times of India, will enable travellers to check into institutional quarantine, apply for the RT-PCR the next day and, following a negative result, shift home for the rest of the quarantine period.

Current guidelines require international travellers due to arrive at CSMIA, to sign an undertaking for a fortnight’s mandatory quarantine, before they board the flight. The first week is an institutional stay at their own cost, followed by a week of isolation at home with self-monitoring of health. All travellers also submit a self-declaration form at least 72 hours before the journey.

There are two ways to be exempted from institutional quarantine: via a valid negative RT-PCR test or in an emergency. In both cases, there is a green channel for passengers who have filled in the respective online application before the journey.

Travellers seeking to spend the 14-day quarantine at home can submit a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival. The test should have been conducted within 96 hours prior to the journey. Upload the results online and carry it along to show on arrival at the airport.

Institutional quarantine can be waived in cases of human distress, pregnancy, a death in the family, serious illness and for parents accompanied by children aged below 10. Travellers can seek an exemption by filling in the Air Suvidha Self-Reporting Form and Air Suvidha Exemption Request Form at least 72 hours before boarding the flight.
24/08/20 COnde Nast Traveller
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