Through Express press service

BENGALURU: The Union Health Ministry has issued new guidelines for international passengers which will come into effect from January 22. As per the guidelines, all international air travelers are required to submit factual health details before traveling on the Air Suvidha portal, including travel history for the past 14 days, in the form of a self-declaration.

Uploading a negative RT-PCR report dated within 72 hours of their trip is mandatory. Air travelers are also invited to register on the portal or with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, before their trip. Those who need a test on arrival should preferably pre-book it on the Air Suvidha portal.

Passengers from high-risk countries must submit their samples upon arrival and await the report at the airport before boarding any connecting flights. Those who test negative must follow a strict seven-day home quarantine and undertake an RT-PCR test on the eighth day.

Information regarding their health condition should be uploaded to the Air Suvidha portal along with the eighth day test report. For the next seven days, they must monitor their health and if they test positive, their samples must be sent for genome sequencing.

The guidelines also stated that 2% of the total number of passengers on the flight should undergo random post-arrival testing upon arrival at the airport. Passengers on each flight will be identified by the relevant airlines and the same quarantine rules as those arriving from high-risk countries will apply. International air travelers arriving from sea and land ports will also need to follow the same testing and quarantine procedure.


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