Wednesday, October 20, 2021

India relaxes quarantine norms for international arrivals

New Delhi: India will follow new entry norms for international arrivals starting Monday (October 25), thanks to growing vaccination globally and changing nature of the pandemic.

All international passengers flying into the country will still require to undergo a Covid RT-PCR test 72 hours before, the quarantine requirements have been significantly relaxed.

The Union health ministry has identified some countries as “at risk”.

These include: European nations, UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. Arrivals from these places will need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing.

“Travellers from (all non at risk) countries will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival,” the rules that come into effect from 12.01 am on October 25 say.

Additionally, the health ministry has prepared a list of countries (called category A) with who India has an agreement for mutual recognition of vaccination certificates for individuals fully jabbed with nationally/WHO recognised Covid-19 vaccine.

These include: UK, France, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary and Serbia.

For travellers coming from an at risk country with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO approved Covid-19 vaccines (Category A) like EU nations and UK, the requirement is: “If fully vaccinated (meaning got required jabs at least 15 days before arrival) they shall be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival.”

20/10/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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