Omicron Scare – Revised Guidelines For International Flights to India

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International passengers will have to provide a self-declaration form online on Air Suvidha portal and include travel history for past two weeks

omicron guidelines for international flights

With more countries announcing travel restrictions over the detection of new variant of Covid-19 Omicron, Union Health Ministry of India announced revised guidelines for international arrivals.

  • Mandatory 14 days travel details and upload negative Covid (RT-PCR) test result on Air Suvidha portal before the journey. The new rules will come into effect from 1 December till further details. These guidelines will supersede the old guidelines which were issued after 11 November.
  • Travelers from ‘countries at-risk‘ will need to take Covid-19 test post-arrival and wait for results at the airport. If tested negative, they’ll have to follow home quarantine for 7 days, and take re-test on 8th day; if negative again then self-monitor for next 7 days.
  • Those traveling from countries apart from ‘countries at risk’ list will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days.
  • Around 5% of total flight passengers shall undergo post-arrival testing at airport on arrival.
  • Manipulated reports will make the passenger liable for criminal prosecution.
  • Only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after thermal screening and all passengers are advised to download Aarogya Setu app.
  • Travelers from ‘countries at risk’ need to submit sample for post-arrival Covid-19 test, which would be self-paid. Travelers are required to wait for their test results at arrival airport before leaving or taking a connecting flight.
  • The countries from where travelers would need to follow additional protocols on arrival in India include: South Africa, UK, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.
  • Children under 5 years of age are exempted from pre- as well as post-arrival testing. If found symptomatic on arrival or during home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing.
  • Contacts of the suspect case are co-passengers seated in the same row, three rows in front and three rows behind along with the cabin crew.
  • All the community contacts of those travelers who have tested positive during home quarantine period would be subjected to quarantine for 14 days and tested as per ICMR protocol.
  • Passengers traveling through seaports/land will also have to undergo same protocol, except that facility for online registration is not available for such travelers currently.


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