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Fresh guidelines: 7-day paid institutional quarantine mandatory for international arrivals

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), on Sunday, issued fresh guidelines for international passengers arriving into India. In the latest instructions, passengers a seven-day paid institutional quarantine mandatory. They will have to follow it up with home isolation for another 7 days. The development comes after stranded Indians abroad will be allowed to return home from August 8 but they will have to submit self-declaration form on newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hrs before scheduled travel.

What does it mean?

While everyone will have to undergo quarantine for seven days, exceptions will be given in certain cases. They include human distress, pregnancy, death in the family, serious illness, and parents accompanied by children below 10 years of age. In those cases, the travelers will be asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

Even for seeking the exemption, they will have to apply to the online portal at least 72 hours before boarding. Post that, the government will take a final call on those cases. Also, they will have to submit a negative RTPCR test report on arrival. And the test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the travel. Albeit, the states are allowed to have their protocol with regard to quarantine and isolation as they will assess the passengers on arrival.

Meanwhile, only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the flight or ship and that will also happen only after thermal screening. Similarly, those arriving through land borders will have to undergo the same protocol.

For those caught unaware, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, on Friday, had extended the suspension of scheduled international flights to and from the country till August 31. Earlier, the ban by DGCA until July 31 after it was suspended till July 15. Reportedly, the ban was extended after the government officials felt that India needs more time before it can resume scheduled international operations. Albeit, the international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA including those under the Vande Bharat mission are resuming from August 8.

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