Thursday, November 05, 2020

Now, get Covid test within 72 hours of flying to India to avoid paid quarantine

New Delhi: People flying into India will now need to get their Covid test done within 72 hours (three days) of heading here — instead of 96 hours (four days) earlier — to avoid seven-day institutional / paid quarantine and opt for 14-day home quarantine if their test report is negative.

The health ministry on Thursday issued fresh guidelines for international arrivals in India that requires all travellers to “submit self-declaration form on online portal ( at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel or physically after arrival at the respective health counters.”

The Centre says “states can have any additional restrictions imposed with regards to quarantine and isolation as per their field assessment post arrival of passengers in the state concerned.”

Till August 8, people coming from abroad were required to undergo seven-day paid quarantine followed by a week of stay at home. After that, international arrivals were considered for exemption from paid quarantine if they fell under any one of the five exempted categories — pregnant women; suffered a death in the family; suffering from serious illness (description to be provided); parents accompanied by children below 10 years and Covid-19 negative in recent RT-PCR test (done within 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey to India).

The health ministry’s fresh directives issued on Thursday requires people flying into India to “also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to aviation ministry, through concerned airlines before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo facility / home quarantine/ self-monitoring of their health for 14 days, or as warranted.”

05/11/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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