India’s new travel rules for the arrival of Omicron

 Wednesday, December 1, 2021 

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Passengers from countries “at-risk” are being suggested to prepare to wait at the airports till their Covid RT-PCR test results are out. Central govt. issues new rules for international travelers which is effective from today. A high-level meeting to review public health preparedness with states and UTs in view of ‘Omicron’.

Passengers from “at-risk” countries tested for Covid on arrival. Not allowed to leave till their RT-PCR test are out. If it’s negative then have to home quarantine for seven days and have to retest on the 8th day. State Officials in person will visit their homes to ensure effective home isolation.

If found positive, passengers will be isolated and treated, their samples will be sent to the INSACOG Labs network. States will undertake contact tracing of these positive individuals follow up for 14 days.

The list of countries deemed “at-risk” for now includes the U.K., all countries in Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel. A strict vigil on the international passengers coming to the country through various airports, ports, and land border crossings.

The “Test, Track, Treat, Vaccinate” strategy was readopted. Preparedness of health infrastructure, including the availability of ICU, Oxygen beds, ventilators, etc. focusing on rural areas and pediatric cases have been advised.

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