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In an attempt to curb the spread of new Covid strains, civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced updated guidelines for international passengers coming to India. These guidelines will supersede all guidelines in effect from August 2020.
The new rules will apply from 23:59 hrs on 22 February. Here are the highlights.
New Covid rules for international travellers
For all international travellers except those on flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East:
All travellers should:
(i) submit self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel.
(ii) upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.
Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution if found otherwise.
- Travellers will also have to submit an undertaking that they will abide by the decision to undergo home quarantine/ self-monitoring of their health for 14 days, or as warranted.
- Arrival in India without a negative report shall be allowed only for those travelling to India in the event of a death in the family.
For all international travellers coming/transiting through flights or from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East
- Apart from submitting a self-declaration form and negative report, passengers must declare their travel history (of the past 14 days).
- These travellers shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai airports and ports of entry.
For travellers from UK, Brazil and South Africa taking connecting flights from the Indian airports:
- Travellers must give a sample at the designated area and exit the airport only after the confirmation of a negative test report. This may take six-eight hours.
- Those found negative on testing at the airport shall be allowed to take their connecting flights and will be advised quarantine at home for seven days and regularly followed up by the concerned authorities
Those travelling for a duration of less than 14 days, have tested negative and remain symptom-free, will be permitted to leave India under proper intimation to their local health authorities.
International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol as above. The new rules come on the back of the earlier extension of the suspension of all international flight operations in the country till 28 February 2021.
Check the full list of guidelines here