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India brings new guidelines for international fliers as new Covid strains emerge: 10 points

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The Modi govt has issued a new set of guidelines for international fliers amid the spread of the new strains of Covid-19 (Representative image).

  • The new guidelines will come into effect from 23.59 hours on Monday till further orders
  • The number of people who have tested positive for the new strain of Covid-19 in the country has climbed to 187

The Central Government has issued new guidelines for international travellers amid the spread of the new mutant strains of coronavirus emerging from different countries.

The Central Government has issued new guidelines for international travellers amid the spread of the new mutant strains of coronavirus emerging from different countries.

The new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will come into effect from 23.59 hours on Monday till further orders.

The new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will come into effect from 23.59 hours on Monday till further orders.

The number of people who have tested positive for the new strain of Covid-19 in the country has climbed to 187, health and family welfare ministry officials have said.

The number of people who have tested positive for the new strain of Covid-19 in the country has climbed to 187, health and family welfare ministry officials have said.

Here are the new guidelines

Here are the new guidelines

1. As part of the civil aviation ministry's updated guidelines for international passengers coming to India, all international fliers except the ones coming on flights originating from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East will have to submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal before their scheduled travel.

1. As part of the civil aviation ministry's updated guidelines for international passengers coming to India, all international fliers except the ones coming on flights originating from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East will have to submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal before their scheduled travel.

2. International passengers will also have to upload a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report with exception of those traveling to India in the exigency of death in the family. For seeking exemption, the travelling entity will have to apply to the online portal www.newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before boarding.

2. International passengers will also have to upload a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report with exception of those traveling to India in the exigency of death in the family. For seeking exemption, the travelling entity will have to apply to the online portal www.newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before boarding.

The 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.

The 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.

3. At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after the thermal screening.

3. At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after the thermal screening.

4. International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol, however, the facility for online registration is not available for such passengers at the moment.

4. International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol, however, the facility for online registration is not available for such passengers at the moment.

5. All such clauses shall be applicable to travellers coming/transiting from flights originating in the UK, Europe and the Middle East except for clauses on testing, quarantine and isolation.

5. All such clauses shall be applicable to travellers coming/transiting from flights originating in the UK, Europe and the Middle East except for clauses on testing, quarantine and isolation.

6. For those who have to take connecting flights, airlines should keep the passengers informed about the need for the transit time of a minimum 6-8 hours at the entry airport (in India) for the required testing and other procedures while booking the tickets for connecting flights.

6. For those who have to take connecting flights, airlines should keep the passengers informed about the need for the transit time of a minimum 6-8 hours at the entry airport (in India) for the required testing and other procedures while booking the tickets for connecting flights.

7. Airlines should identify the international travellers arriving from/transiting through the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa (during past 14 days) and segregate them in-flight or while disembarking to facilitate the authorities to follow the due protocol in respect of these travellers.

7. Airlines should identify the international travellers arriving from/transiting through the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa (during past 14 days) and segregate them in-flight or while disembarking to facilitate the authorities to follow the due protocol in respect of these travellers.

8. All travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in the United Kingdom, Europe or Middle East shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry).

8. All travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in the United Kingdom, Europe or Middle East shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry).

9. The state-wise passenger manifest of the flights originating from Europe and Middle East and landing at Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai airports in India for the said period shall be conveyed by the Bureau of Immigration to State Government/Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme.

9. The state-wise passenger manifest of the flights originating from Europe and Middle East and landing at Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai airports in India for the said period shall be conveyed by the Bureau of Immigration to State Government/Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme.

10. International travellers on a short stay (of less than 14 days) and who have tested negative and remain symptom free, shall undergo all the procedures as above and shall be permitted to leave India under proper intimation to their District/State health authorities, subject to them fulfilling the requirement of the airlines and destination country.

10. International travellers on a short stay (of less than 14 days) and who have tested negative and remain symptom free, shall undergo all the procedures as above and shall be permitted to leave India under proper intimation to their District/State health authorities, subject to them fulfilling the requirement of the airlines and destination country.

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