Given the emergence of the new variant, India had implemented new arrival rules on December 1, 2021. India had instituted new home quarantine requirements earlier in January 2022. Now, they are making significant concessions. The new rules are effective February 14, 2022, 00:01 Hours IST and here are the details.
India removes pre-arrival testing for many countries.
Before arriving in India, everyone, citizen or visitor, must fill-up the Air Suvidha form. Till so far, one of the asks was for an RT-PCR negative report within 72 hours of boarding the plane. This requirement has been changed in the new requirements notified on February 10, 2022.
Effective February 14, 2022 (0001 Hours), you need to
Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report (The test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey)
Certificate of completing full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 vaccination.
Only the following countries’ full primary vaccination schedule will be valid (boosters not required). The list will evolve but refer to the list. As of February 10, 2022, the list is as follows. :
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Commonwealth of Dominica
- Costa Rica
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Slovak Republic
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- Sri Lanka
- State of Palestine
- The United Kingdom
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United States of America
India removes on-arrival testing, apart from 2% random testing.
India had mandated that all travellers arriving in India, regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status, from countries on the at-risk list, undergo post-arrival Covid-19 testing on arrival in India. Now, new post-arrival requirements only read as follows:
Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the health officials present at the airport. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport health staff.
The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol. If tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per laid down protocol.
However, the Government of India has continued to mandate that
- A sub-section (2% 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.
There is a long list of approved tests to prove you are infected or not, and apart from RT-PCR, rapid PCR tests are also going to be accepted. Remember, they are going to be much more expensive, though.
Quarantine advisory discontinued
The 7-days home quarantine advisory has also been replaced with “All travellers will self-monitor their health for the next 14 days of arrival.”, but they can move around in public.
Effectively, India has discontinued pre/post-arrival testing and quarantine requirements and has opened up. Only 2% random testing remains, which does not bar passengers from leaving the airport, unlike earlier.
What do you make of this new requirement for arriving in India?
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