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With negative Covid-19 test result, travellers to India can avoid paid quarantine – News

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The revised guidelines will come into effect from August 8.

Travellers to India may seek exemption from a mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine by submitting a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test report on arrival.

According to revised guidelines issued by India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on Sunday, the test should have been conducted no more than 96 hours before undertaking the journey.

The revised guidelines will come into effect from August 8. Passengers with the negative Covid-19 test results need to home-quarantine for 14 days.

“The test report should be uploaded on the portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) for consideration. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to 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,” the ministry said in a document that specified the revised guidelines.

The 14-day home quarantine option is also available for passengers with “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.

On arrival at an Indian airport, passengers exempted from institutional quarantine will need to show the approval for the same to the respective state counters on their cell phones.

The Indian government has allowed states to develop their own protocol “with regards to quarantine and isolation as per their assessment post arrival of passengers”.

Other guidelines:

>All travellers should submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel.

>They should also give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days – seven days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by seven days isolation at home with “self-monitoring of health”.

>Travellers wishing to seek exemption from paid quarantine need to apply on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.

sahim@khaleejtimes.com 





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