Government Guidelines for International Passenger Arrivals and Domestic Travel in India

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued guidelines for international passenger arrivals and domestic travel in India. Here’s how the government has planned a safe arrival of passengers in the country. 

Guidelines for International Arrivals

Mandatory Quarantine of 14 Days

All passengers are advised to download the Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices. The international arrivals are to give an undertaking for mandatory quarantine for 14 days before boarding. They will follow a seven day paid institutional quarantine at their own cost and 7-day isolation at home after that.

However, the states can allow home quarantine of 14 days in case of human distress, pregnancy, and death in the family or severe illness based on their assessment. Besides, the use of the Aarogya Setu app is mandatory in such cases. Also, asymptomatic travellers can board the flight after thermal screening only. Land border arrivals will follow the same protocol.

Social Distancing and Sanitation in Place

The airlines will ensure social distancing in the flights. Airline staff, crew, and passengers will observe required precautions such as wearing masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and hand-hygiene. Passengers will be subject to a thermal screening on arrival at the airport/seaport/land port by the health officials.

While symptomatic passengers will direct to the medical facility, others will go to suitable institutional quarantine facilities arranged by State/UT governments. Positive mild cases can isolate themselves in-home (in some cases), and severe cases will be managed at the health facilities. Negative cases shall quarantine themselves for seven days. 

Guidelines for Domestic Travel

All rules apply the same for domestic travel by air, train, and bus. However, asymptomatic passengers shall monitor their health for 14 days and inform the district surveillance officer or state/national call centre if symptoms develop. States will ensure regular sanitization of airports/railway stations/bus terminals. Besides, states can develop their protocols concerning quarantine and isolation.

In all, states can set rules for departing and disembarking passengers based on the centre’s guidelines.

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