India Government issues guidelines for international arrivals

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Imphal: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued revised ‘Guidelines for International Arrivals’ in light of increasing trajectory of Covid-I9 cases being noted in Japan, United States of America, South Korea, Brazil, France and China.

The guidelines were issued on Wednesday providing protocols to be complied by international travellers as well as points of entry (airports, seaports and land border) and shall be valid with effect from December 24 till further orders.

Accordingly, all travellers should preferably be fully vaccinated as per the approved primary schedule of vaccination against Covid-I9 in their country.

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In-flight announcements about the ongoing Covid-I9 pandemic including precautionary measures to be followed (preferable use of masks and following physical distancing) shall be made in flights/travel and at all points of entry.

Any passenger having symptoms of Covid-I9 during travel shall be isolated as per standard protocol that the said passenger should be wearing mask, isolated and segregated from other passengers in flight/travel and shifted to an isolation facility subsequently for follow up treatment.

De-boarding should be done ensuring physical distancing. Thermal screening should be done in respect of all the passengers by the health officials present at the point of entry.

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The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated, taken to a designated medical facility as per health protocol.

A sub-section (2 percent of the total passengers in the flight) shall undergo random post arrival testing at the airport on arrival. Such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferably from different countries). They will submit the samples and shall be allowed to leave the airport thereafter.

If such travellers’ samples are tested positive, their samples should be further sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network. They shall be treated/isolated as per laid down standard protocol.

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All travellers should self-monitor their health post arrival also shall report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number in case they have any symptoms suggestive.

Children under 12 years of age are exempted from post-arrival random testing. However, if found symptomatic on arrival or during the period of self-monitoring period, they shall undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol.

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