New Guidelines – International Travel & Quarantine Exemption flexibility

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New Guidelines – International Travel & Quarantine Exemption flexibility

On Sunday, 02 August 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Indian announces new guidelines for International travel which will be effective starting 00.01hrs on 08 August 2020. The aviation regulator DGCA had extended the suspension of scheduled international flights to and from the country till 31 August 2020.

Self-declaration and undertaking

All travellers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel.
All travellers should also give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e. 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.

Criteria for exemption from institutional quarantine

Only for compelling reasons/ cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days.
If they wish to seek such exemption under the above criteria, they shall apply to the online portal at least 72 hours before boarding.
The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.

Note: The portal address provided is www.newdelhiairport.in ; however further details are being verified and IKAN will keep you updated.

Travellers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival.
This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.
The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise.
The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India

On arrival processes

Deboarding should be done ensuring social distancing.
Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the Health officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iandport. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown (or a copy of physical self-declaration form to be submitted) to the airport health staff.
The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol.
Post thermal screening, the passengers who have been exempted from institutional quarantine (decision as indicated on the online portal in advance) will show the same to the respective State Counters on their cell phones/other mode before being allowed home quarantine for 14 days.
The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective State/ UT Governments.
These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days. They shall be tested as per ICMR protocol available at
https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Revisedtestingguidelines.pdf
If they test positive, they shall be assessed clinically.
If they are assessed as asymptomatic / pre-symptomatic/ very mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the Covid Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate.
Those having mild/ moderate/ severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid Health facilities and managed accordingly.
If found negative, they shall be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor their health for 7 days.
In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call centre (1075).

NOTE: States can develop their own protocol with regards to quarantine and isolation as per their assessment post arrival of passengers in the state concerned.

Harveer Singh Chadha
harveer.singh@ikan.com

Harveer has had the experience of working in diverse functions in the IT Industry ranging from social community websites, software development, E-commerce (B2C nd B2B) and Staff Augmentation & IT Sales for the US market. Harveer joined IKAN in 2006 and has prevousely worked in the Relocation Industry with DSP’s including the previous avatar of IKAN.

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