Indian Govt Issues Revised Guidelines For International Arrivals

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The Union Health Ministry has issued a revised International Arrivals Guidelines, exempting five categories of passengers from the mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine.

Passengers were also asked to submit a self-declaration form stating that they are corona-negative, in three weeks prior to the flight.

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

2. Passengers should also give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days i.e 7 days paid institutional quarantine, at their own cost, followed by seven days isolation at home with self monitoing of health.

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3. These five categories of flyers can get an exemption from the mandatory 7 days paid institutional quarantine:

  1. Pregnant women
  2. A person with any death in the family
  3. Those suffering from a serious illness
  4. Parents accompanying children below 10 years of age
  5. Flyers who have a COVID-negative certificate from a test done 96 hours prior to the journey.

4. If these five categories’ passengers wish to seek such exemption, they shall apply to the online Delhi airport portal at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.

5. Moreover, passengers have to submit a self-declaration form that they have not tested positive for COVID-19 during the three weeks prior to their boarding.

On the last Sunday, the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) said about the full resumption of international flights that everything depends on the situation of the coronavirus. It may take time given the tense situation around the world.

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“Some international air operations have started already. Passengers are allowed to go from and come to India. It depends on the bubble arrangement we have with countries like UK, US, France,” said DGCA chief Arun Kumar to news agency ANI.


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