In the wake of rising cases of coronavirus, the Union health ministry of India issued a set of revised guidelines for international arrivals. There are new guidelines for all international travellers coming/transiting via flights originating from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. The new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will become effective from 23.59 hours on February 22 till further orders.
These are newly issued guidelines
1) All international travellers are obliged to submit self-declaration (SDF) for COVID on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel.
2) All international travellers will have to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report on the online portal www.newdelhiairport.in.
3) As per the guidelines, the COVID-19 test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey and each passenger will also have to submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report
4) At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after the thermal screening.
5) As per the civil aviation ministry guidelines, international travellers arriving via seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol as air, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers at present.
6) Airlines need to identify the international travellers arriving from/transiting through the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa (in the past 14 days) and segregate them in-flight.
7) All the travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in the United Kingdom, Europe or the Middle East are compulsorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry).
8) All travellers from Europe and the Middle East shall give samples at the designated area and exit the airport. If the test report is negative, they will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days. If the test report is positive, they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol.