Note these COVID-19 protocols if you are arriving in India from abroad

Air India Airbus A320neo
Representational photo: Reuters/Amit Dave

International passengers travelling to India should submit their 14 – day travel history in the Air Suvidha portal. Besides, a negative RTPCR report not older than 72 hours and the vaccination certificate too need to be uploaded. Only those who have submitted these details would be allowed to travel to the country. All travelers should download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones.

The body temperature of only those who do not show any symptoms would be checked and allowed to board the plane.

The travelers who show symptoms during travel would be isolated.

There would be thermal screening at the arrival. Symptomatic passengers would be isolated immediately and treated as per standard protocol.

Upon arrival, travelers who come from ‘high risk’ countries need to take Covid tests at the airport at their own expenses. Besides, they have to wait at the airport until the results come. They could go out if the results are negative.

Meanwhile, only 2% passengers in the airplanes that arrive from non – risk countries would be randomly tested. The airline company would choose these travelers. The rest of the passengers can leave the airport without testing.

The passengers who test negative at the airport and do not need testing should, however, quarantine at their homes for 7 days. They should take an RTPCR test on the 8th day and upload the result in the Air Suvidha portal. Even though they can end the quarantine if the test negative, they should be vigilant and monitor themselves for one more week.

The samples of those who test positive for the disease on the 8th day will be send for genomic testing. Treatment would be ensured for them. Besides, those who have been in contact with such patients would be under the observation of the health department.

The passengers who travel from India to other countries should follow the COVID-19 protocols of the respective countries. These would differ with each country.


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