New travel rules for international arrivals from Monday; know key highlights

New travel rules for international arrivals from Monday; know key highlights
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Amid the outbreak of a new strain of CPVID-19 virus, the Union health ministery has issued a new guidelines. The Ministry noted that so far, three variants — UK, South Africa and Brazil — are already in circulation in India. All three variants are easily transmissible, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Ministry of Health issues new travel guidelines

The rules will come into effect from 11:59pm on Monday and will be in force till further orders. “There is increasing evidence that the mutant variants of SARS-CoV-2 are in circulation in many countries and these mutant variants are driving the pandemic in their country of origin. So far, the three SARS-CoV-2 variants in circulation viz-a-viz (i) UK variant (ii) South Africa variant and (iii) Brazil variant, have been detected in 86, 44 and 15 countries, respectively,” the health ministry said in its updated guidelines.

Here are the guidelines for international arrivals which will be effective from February 22:

  1. As per the fresh travel guidelines, all the travellers are supposed to submit a self-declaration form on COVID. This form will be submitted on the online Air Suvidha portal ( before their scheduled travel.
  2. Travellers must upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. The report will be considered valid only if it is conducted 72 hours before the journey begins.
  3. Once the thermal screening is done, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board.
  4. Upon thermal screening,if anyone is found symptomatic, they will be immediately sent to isolation and medical facility as per health protocol.
  5. These rules shall also apply to international travellers arriving through seaports/land ports. However, they cannot avail the online registration policy.
  6. International travellers arriving from/transiting through the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa (during the past 14 days) will have to be segregated by the airline in-flight.
  7. Arrival in India without negative report shall be allowed only for those traveling to India in the exigency of death in the family.
  8. Travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in the United Kingdom, Europe or the Middle East, will have to get a self paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival.

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