New Guidelines on International passengers for post-arrival, RTPCR required

Till now passengers from EU, UK and the Middle East were needed to have a negative RTPCR report and upon arrival in India the international passengers have to undergo pre-arrival RTPCR testing.

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare imposed restrictions on international passengers on Thursday, mentioning the reports of a new mutation in Coronavirus and the increasing number of Variants of Concern and Variants of Interest globally.

The Ministry has added to the list of EU, UK and Middle East more countries including Bangladesh, South Africa, China, New Zealand, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mauritius.

International travelers from all of these countries would now require RTPCR negative reports on departing India and RTPCR testing will be done upon arrival.

Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary stated, “Considering the reports of new mutations in SARS-CoV-2 and rising number of Variants of Concern (VoCs) and Variants of Interest (Vols) globally, the following countries have been added in the scope of part B of MoHFW’s Guidelines on International Arrival, in addition to existing Countries in “Part-B” i.e. United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East”.

“More countries including South Africa, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. International travellers from all these countries would now need RTPCR negative reports to get on flights to India and RTPCR testing upon arrival here,” he further added.

Till now passengers from EU, UK and the Middle East were needed to have a negative RTPCR report and upon arrival in India the international passengers have to undergo pre-arrival RTPCR testing.

Only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to board the flights to India under the guidelines.

However, in any symptomatic or positive cases, the States must continue to implement strict public health measures of quarantine, contact tracing and ensuring COVID appropriate behaviour.

“Travellers from the countries mentioned in Part B of the Guidelines as above are additionally to be tested on arrival in India through the RT-PCR test. As also reiterated in previous communications, States/UTs must ensure strict compliance to these guidelines so that the import of Vols and VOCs to India from other countries may be prevented,” stated in the guidelines.

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