UPDATED COVID 19 PROTOCOL FOR INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS EFFECTIVE 1ST DEC 2021

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Dated the 28th November 2021
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Guidelines for International Arrivals


A.1. Planning for Travel


i. All travellers should


a. Submit self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal
(https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration) before the scheduled
travel, including last 14 days travel details.

b. Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report*. This test should have been conducted
within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.


c. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the
report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.


ii. They should also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to Ministry of Civil Aviation,
Government of India, 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 home/institutional quarantine/ self-health monitoring, as warranted.


iii. Continuing with the earlier approach, travellers from certain specified Countries (based on
epidemiological situation of COVID-19 in those Countries) are identified for additional follow
up. These include need for additional measures as detailed in para (xv) below. The listing of
such specified Countries is a dynamic exercise based on evolving situation of COVID-19 across
the world and will be made available on the websites of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,
(mohfw.gov.in) and the link of the same will be available at website of Ministry of External
Affairs and Air Suvidha Portal.


A.2. Before Boarding


iv. Passengers originating or transiting from at-risk countries shall be informed by the airlines
that they

will undergo post arrival testing, quarantine if tested negative, stringent isolation
protocols if tested positive etc. as mentioned in para (xv).
v. Do’s and Don'ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the airlines/agencies
concerned.
vi. Airlines to allow boarding by only those passengers who have filled in the Self Declaration
Form on the Air Suvidha portal, uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report.
vii. At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after
thermal screening.
viii. All passengers shall be advised to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.


A.3. During Travel


ix. In-flight announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed
shall be made at airports and in flights and during transit.

x. During in-flight crew shall ensure that COVID appropriate behaviour is followed at all times.


xi. If any passenger reports symptoms of COVID-19 during flight, he/she shall be isolated as per
protocol.

A.4. On arrival

 


xii. De-boarding should be done ensuring physical distancing.
xiii. Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the health officials
present at the airport. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport
health staff.
xiv. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and
taken to medical facility as per health protocol. If tested positive, their contacts shall be
identified and managed as per laid down protocol#.
xv. Travellers from specified Countries at risk mentioned in last line  will follow the
protocol as detailed below:
 Submission of sample for post-arrival COVID-19 test* at the point of
arrival (self-paid). Such travellers will be required to wait for their test
results at the arrival airport before leaving or taking a connecting flight.


 If tested negative they will follow, home quarantine for 7 days. Re-test on
the 8th day of arrival in India* and if negative, further self-monitor of their
health for next 7 days.


 However, if such travellers are tested positive, their samples should be
sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network.


 They shall be managed at separate isolation facility and treated as per laid
down standard protocol including contact tracing mentioned in para (xiv).


 The contacts of such positive case should be kept under institutional
quarantine or at home quarantine monitored strictly by the concerned
State Government as per laid down protocol.


xvi. Travellers from Countries excluding those Countries at risk, will be allowed to leave the airport
and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival. A sub-section (5% of the total flight
passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival.


a. The 5% of such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines
(preferably from different countries).
b. Such travellers shall be escorted by the concerned airlines/MoCA to testing area on
arrival.
c. The 

cost of testing of such travellers shall be borne by MoCA.
d. Laboratories shall prioritize testing of samples from such travellers.
e. If such travellers are tested positive, they shall be managed as per laid down standard
protocol and samples would further send for genomic testing.
xvii. If travellers under home quarantine or self-health monitoring, develop signs and symptoms
suggestive of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 on re-testing, they will immediately selfisolate

and report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State
Helpline Number.

 

* Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre- and post-arrival testing. However, if
found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during home quarantine period, they shall undergo
testing and treated as per laid down protocol.


# Contacts of the suspect case are the co-passengers seated in the same row, 3 rows in front and 3
rows behind along with identified Cabin Crew. Also, all the community contacts of those travellers
who have

tested positive (during home quarantine period) would be subjected to quarantine for 14
days and tested as per ICMR protocol.

The At Risk countries list will be updated real time.At the moment they comprise UK and all european countries , Hongkong , Singapore , South Africa ,Brazil ,Botswana,China ,Mauritius ,Zimbabwe and Israel