Health Ministry issues new guidelines for international arrivals due to Omicron variant

NEW DELHI: The government of India has revised the guidelines for international arrivals in the wake of the emerging COVID19 variant Omicron, after being categorized as ‘variant of concern’ by WHO and will be implemented from 1st December, 2021.

Under the new guidelines all the international travelers need to fill up the self declaration form and negative RT-PCR test report.

The travelers who are coming from ‘at risk’ countries, need to undergo RT-PCR test on arrival.

If they test negative, they need to quarantine for 7 days and then take a re-test. If they test negative again, then they just need to monitor their heath for another 7 days.

But if they test positive, they need to send a sample for genomic testing and get admitted at an isolated facility. They need to follow standard protocol and can only be discharged on the discretion of the treating physician.

For travelers coming from countries excluding at risk countries, a random sampling will be conducted for RT-PCR test on their arrival.

If they test negative, they need to self monitor their health for 14 days. But if they test positive, they need to send a sample for genomic testing and follow the standard protocol for treatment.

If any traveler develops symptoms during self monitoring period or tests positive after re-testing, they have to immediately report to the nearest health facility.

Children are exempted from pre and post arrival testing, but they will have to get tested if they show any symptoms and follow the standard protocol for treatment.

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