Update: Here are the new requirements notified on December 1, 2021. These new requirements take over from those mentioned under.
The Government of India is putting in place new arrival guidelines to screen passengers from various countries and keep the new Omicron variant at bay from spreading through the country. However, states can work on implementing a much stricter version if they so deem necessary.
Arrivals at Mumbai International from At-Risk countries will be institutionally quarantined for seven days
As per a new circular with guidelines for arrival at Mumbai International Airport for international flights, the state has decided for arrivals from an at-risk country. The bolding is mine.
The international passengers arriving from At-Risk countries (declared by GOI from time to time) may be deplaned on priority and separate counters will be arranged by MIAL and Airport Authority for their checking. Such all passengers shall have to undergo mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine and RTPCR test to be carried out on days 2, 4 and 7 for these passengers. If any of the tests is found to be positive, then the passenger shall be shifted to a hospital. In case of all tests coming negative, the passenger will have to undergo a further 7 days of home quarantine.
Passengers from other countries except the at-risk countries will also have to undergo a compulsory on-arrival RT-PCR test. The bolding is mine.
Passengers from any other countries except the at-risk countries will have to compulsorily undergo RTPCR test at the airport on arrival and on being found negative, will have to undergo 14 days of home quarantine. If found positive, they will be shifted to the hospital.
As per the instructions, passengers with connecting flights can only board them if they get a negative test for their on-arrival RT-PCR report. If such a passenger is taking a connecting flight to an airport in Maharashtra, passengers shall be subjected to quarantine rules as if they are arriving on an international flight.
Domestic Travel Guidelines into Mumbai and other Maharashtra airports have also changed. It would be good to read these if you are planning an arrival into a Maharashtra airport.
For reference, here are the at-risk countries as of November 30, 2021:
- Countries in Europe, including The United Kingdom
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
Here are the full rules for your reference. Mumbai’s MCGM has arranged an adequate number of beds ready for institutional quarantine (self-paid hotels / free MCGM facility)
In a statement issued by Mumbai Airport, they have included the following measures that are being undertaken for the testing to be executed swiftly for all passengers.
- Arriving passengers from high-risk countries will be segregated from passengers arriving from other countries.
- Adequate RT-PCR testing facility in international arrivals in the form of 48 registration counters & 40 sampling booths.
- Four laboratories for RT-PCR testing in international arrivals are as under:
- Suburban Diagnostics
- Acu-MDx (Mylabs)
- In addition to normal RT-PCR, 30 Rapid PCR machines are available for the passengers having connecting onward flights with short connecting time. This facility will be upscaled further if required.
- For passengers who have not done their pre-booking of the RT-PCR test online, QR codes have been displayed at various locations in the arrival corridor. Physical forms for RT-PCR registration are also made available to passengers on board with the help of airlines. They can fill before disembarking from flight & thus avoid queuing for the registration on arrival.
- A large sitting area for the passengers awaiting their RT-PCR results has been activated with Amenities like washrooms, F& B.
- CSMIA has also sensitised relevant stakeholders on the new guidelines & the added facilities for passengers convenience.
As per a new update, this order will now be valid from 11:59 pm on December 2, 2021, onwards. This means that all those landing in Mumbai after 11:59 pm on December 2, 2021, will have to be subject to compulsory institutional quarantine on arrival for 7 days plus 7 days of home quarantine before being able to get out in the open. Those arriving by December 2, 2021, will be able to exit the airport by doing a test on arrival and leave the airport for a 7-day home quarantine here on.
Suppose you are arriving from Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong or South African nations essentially. In that case, you will now be compulsorily subject to a 7-day long institutional quarantine in Mumbai and repeatedly tested after arrival. After seven days of institutional quarantine, they will need to be under home quarantine for another seven days. For everyone else, a 14-day home quarantine is mandated going forward, even if they are arriving from countries not on the at-risk list, such as perhaps from the USA or UAE.
What do you make of the new requirements for arrivals at Mumbai Airport?
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