Covid new variant scare: Govt revises guidelines for international arrivals

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS): The Union Health Ministry on Sunday revised the guidelines for the international arrivals in the wake of new Covid variant, Omicron -- designated as a Variant of Concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization (WHO). The new guidelines will be effective from December 1.

The Health Ministry, in a statement, said: "The existing guidelines have been revised in view of reporting of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.1.529; named Omicron) which has been now classified as VOC by the WHO."

The government said that international arrivals will now have to upload their 14-day travel history and valid negative RT-PCR test reports on Air Suvidha portal before embarking on their journey to India.

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The RT-PCR test report should not be more than 72 hours old, added the statement.

According to the new guidelines, the passengers travelling from countries that are categorised as 'at-risk' will have to undergo testing on arrival.

If the passengers test positive, their samples will be sent for genomic sequencing, and they will be sent to institutional quarantine.

If they test negative, they will be asked to remain in home quarantine for seven days following which they will take a test on the 8th day and continue monitoring their health for the next 7 days.

The government has listed -- South Africa, China, the United Kingdom, European countries, Bangladesh, Brazil, Botswana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Singapore and Israel on 'At Risk' segment.

The tests for passengers from 'at-risk' nations will be self-paid while the cost of the random tests will be borne by the Civil Aviation Ministry.

"Travellers from countries excluding the 'at risk' countries will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days post arrival," said the statement.



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    Mon, Nov 29 2021

    Lets stay united against the virus Together we shall defeat thr virus India shall defeat the virus

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  • Mohan, Bc Road sajipa

    Mon, Nov 29 2021

    R u from who .am confused.yaar.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Nov 29 2021

    this covid variant OMICRON might arrive soon in Mangalaapuram through thalapadi border....

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  • NS BHAT, Mangaluru

    Mon, Nov 29 2021

    Yes kbr sir.... Surely it will come through KSRTC direct buses.... Today it has not come... But it will come soon...

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 29 2021

    Virus variants are named according to Greek alphabets,after Mu it should be Nu then Xi and then Omicron. Nu was dropped as it would look like new, Xi was dropped- you guessed it right - name of Chinese President. Be Happy Be Healthy.

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  • AJ, Mangaluru

    Mon, Nov 29 2021

    First please close the school to till 5th standard... Small kids are not safe... It's a kind request to goverment to rethink on school reopen decision... Do not bow to private school mafia... They are the future of new india... Even scientists do not know the factors of OMRICON and other variants... PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Rajeja Waterfront

    Mon, Nov 29 2021

    The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing ...

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  • NS BHAT, Mangaluru

    Mon, Nov 29 2021

    The central govt asks to screen international arrivals. But Karnataka screens arrivals from neighbouring states. Strange.....

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