Here are revised rules for International arrivals amid concerns of Omicron
India -In the wake of concerns regarding the latest variant Omcorn, the Indian government has decided to revise the rules on international arrivals as that will limit exposure to people and safeguard the national borders.
As per the new guideline, starting from Wednesday, the international travellers who will be arriving in the county will have to go ahead with some protocols. The rules have been changed after South Africa saw the world’s first detected Omicron virus, a variant of the Covid-19 virus.
The world health organization has termed the variant as a “variant of concern”. The Union health ministry released a new set of guidelines for the same and one of the major changes here was the mandatory RT-PCR test for passengers arriving from at-risk’ nations’.
The health ministry had earlier released a list of countries that were under this category but it was later on changed and the new list contains names of UK, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.
These countries have shown a pattern of fast spread of the virus and these nations were also the ones that saw few of the first variants of the deadly virus. As per the new guidelines, the passengers arriving to India will have to submit a self-declaration form by going on the portal called Air Suvidha before the secluded date of departure.
Other than that, the passengers will also have to submit travel details of the 14 days along with a negative RT-PCR test report on the same portal. The test must have been done within 72 hours prior to the journey. Even after providing a negative test result, the traveler will be asked to get home quarantined for seven days and get a retest done. Post this, another test needs to be done for which if the samples come out to be positive, the test result will be sent to INSACOG laboratory network while the passenger will be under observation in isolation from their family.