No more one-week quarantine for international passengers: new COVID-19 guidelines now in effect


According to the guidelines, all international passengers will present a self-declaration form upon arrival at the airport.

International passengers arriving at New Delhi’s IGI airport will not need to undergo a one-week mandatory quarantine as new COVID-19 guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare come into effect from Monday. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has directed health officials and district magistrates to ensure that the Centre’s revised COVID-19 guidelines for international arrivals are followed at IGI airport from of Monday.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued detailed guidelines for international arrivals at the country’s airports and seaports on February 10, removing the quarantine provision.

According to the guidelines, all passengers will present a self-declaration form upon arrival at the airport. Passengers found to be symptomatic during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility according to health protocol. If they test positive, their contacts will be identified and managed according to established protocol. The post-arrival protocol states that 2% of the total number of passengers on a flight will undergo random testing at the airport. These travelers on each flight will be identified by the relevant airlines, preferably from different countries.

They will hand over the samples and be allowed to leave the airport. If these travelers test positive, their samples will be sent for genomic sequencing. All travelers will self-monitor their health for the next 14 days after arrival. Previously, these travelers had to undergo a week-long home quarantine.

The guidelines state that if travelers under health surveillance develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, they will immediately self-isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call the national helpline number ( 1075)/state hotline number. This standard operating procedure will be valid from midnight February 14 until new orders. Based on the risk assessment, this document should be revised from time to time.

The guidelines further state that all travelers must submit complete and factual information in the form of a self-declaration on the Suvidha online airline portal prior to the intended trip, including travel details for the past 14 days. They will also upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report no earlier than 72 hours before undertaking the trip or a certificate of completion of the complete primary vaccination schedule.


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