Karnataka govt makes 14-day home quarantine mandatory for international returnees

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Feb 22: The Karnataka government has intensified the restrictions for international returnees who would now have to compulsorily undergo 14-day home quarantine. The decision was taken in the wake of rising coronavirus cases in other countries.  

International travellers returning to the state will not be allowed to board without a negative RT-PCR certificate at the point of origin and upon arrival at the airport in Bengaluru, they will be tested again.

Returnees from all other countries except UK, Brazil and South Africa can give their samples for the RT-PCR test and exit the airport, while those from the three countries transiting via Bengaluru cannot leave the airport until their RT-PCR test is negative. Two separate circulars were issued by the health department on Saturday, February 20.

All international travellers must give their correct residential address and their test results will be conveyed to them. An option to have an express RT-PCR test (Abbott) is also available at Bengaluru airport. The travellers will have to bear the cost of the tests, and those testing positive will have to comply with the state government’s protocol, the circular stated.

The circular further stated that travellers, including airline crew, on a short stay (less than 14 days) and who have tested negative and remain symptom-free, should also undergo all the procedures stated above and will be permitted to leave Karnataka under proper intimation to their district/state health authorities, subject to fulfilling the requirement of the airlines and destination country.

For those entering the state on a short term visit or for business purposes, the traveller must show a confirmed return flight ticket, which should not be more than 14 days later from the date of arrival. The person should show the documents pertaining to the purpose of visit, place of stay, return ticket, visa. They should provide address proof of the person in Karnataka they intend to meet.

Apart from providing the details, the traveller should provide a negative report of the RT-PCR test conducted not more than 72 hours before departure from the UK, Brazil, and South Africa, as relevant. Upon arrival, they should compulsorily undergo an RT-PCR test at Bengaluru airport, and they will be exempted from quarantine if the report is negative. They should again undergo compulsory RT-PCR testing on the seventh day of arrival if they are staying for more than seven days.

If the person tests positive for Covid-19, the person must follow all the guidelines for isolation and treatment apart from regular precautions to be taken for Covid-19. Short stay travellers developing any Covid-19 symptoms during their visit must compulsorily seek medical attention and get tested. These travellers will be monitored for Covid-19 symptoms by district surveillance units.




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  • IK, Bahrain

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Any idea when will be the flights work normally as scheduled? and is it mandatory to quarantine for 14 days even if the test results are negative? only 4 weeks leave and in that Quarantine and what not.

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  • ShAaz, Mangalore/KSA

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    travellers returning to the state will not be allowed to board without a negative RT-PCR certificate at the point of origin and upon arrival at the airport in Bengaluru, Point to be noted

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  • Anil, Dubai

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    This govmt. Still not satisfied by looting Indian people's money, they want more and more.... any how at-least people must have realised by electing this govmt. ... hope people will not repeat the mistake again ....in future.....!!!!

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  • Indian, Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Just creating fear in the minds of people to implement new order and law. These authorities have no mercy on human, the ultimate target to control population and human behaviour. Why focused on quarantine to give hard time to people and introduce Covid vaccine as easier option to get rid of quarantine. It's hard to understand unless a person study in sequence what's happening around in the world. Think about it...

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  • jaffar, united arab emirates

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    just wanted to know even for people arriving in Mngalore airport have to go through quarantine? thanks

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  • Vilma, Mangalore/ Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    What about political meets ,functions, strikes.No quarantine ,no testing.Why they are making stress for other people. Corona will spread only from international arrivals.

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  • Abdul, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Good plan by Govt to divert the real issue of rising fuel price

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    They are making unnecessary stress /headache to people who come here only either business or on leave for 4weeks or so.Forget what is going on in karnataka itself.what about the last festival of Ratha ,?How many people were wearing mask.social distance completely not to be asked.In such conditions and their rules noone will come and get infected and go back.Once you come in and then caught in their netz dont know how to get out .

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  • Longinus Fernandes, Muscat/Thottam

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    What about most of the people in Karnataka?? They don't wear mask, no social distance. Public carriers are overcrowded. People stand in groups in front of liquor counters. Are you going to have some control on these too??

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  • Paul dsouza, balakunje

    Mon, Feb 22 2021


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  • Joel, Dubai

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    What about Manglore airport?? Is it mandatory to be quarantine for 14 days?

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Mangalore no problem, come out of the airport and stand in line at the liquor shop.

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