India Travel Guidelines: India Revises Rules for International Travelers; introduced strict quarantine policy due to omicron variant

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The Department of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has revised the guidelines for international arrivals in India. According to reports, these will come into effect from January 11, 2022. According to the rules, passengers originating from / in transit from “at risk” countries will now have to undergo “strict isolation” if they test positive on arrival. .

The move comes following an increase in cases of the new variant, Omicron, in the country. Those transiting or coming from countries classified as “at risk” will need to be informed by airlines that they will need to undergo testing after arriving at Indian airports and undergo quarantine according to protocol. Also note that international passengers will not be allowed to exit the airport until after the test results.

Additionally, all international travelers to India will need to register on
Air Suvidha portal and self-report all the details of their trip; download the negative COVID-19 report that was obtained within 72 hours; declare its authenticity; and submit a commitment that they would comply with the decision of the competent authority to submit to quarantine in accordance with the revised guidelines.

International travelers are also required to pre-book their tests upon arrival at Indian airports in advance.

Omicron Update: India Revises Rules for International Travelers;  introduced a strict quarantine policy

Here are the guidelines for travelers from countries at risk:

  • Submit a sample for COVID-19 testing after arrival at the airport, which would be self-paid.
  • They will have to wait for their test results at the airport before leaving or catching a connecting flight.
  • If their test results are negative, they will undergo a 7-day home quarantine and will have to take the RT-PCR test again on the 8th day of their arrival in India.
  • Travelers will also need to upload the results of a repeated RT-PCR test for Covid-19 performed on day 8 to the Air Suvidha portal, which will be monitored by the respective states / UTs.
  • If their test result is negative again, they will need to continue monitoring their health for the next 7 days.
  • But if they are positive, their samples would be sent for genomic testing to the INSACOG laboratory network.
  • These positive tests will be managed in an isolation facility and processed according to established standard protocol, including contact tracing.
  • Those who have come in contact with such a positive case would be asked to undergo a home quarantine, which will be strictly monitored by the state government concerned.

Here are the international travel guidelines to India for travelers arriving from non-‘at risk’ countries:

  • About 2% of the total passengers on the flight will undergo post-arrival testing, which will be carried out randomly at the airport upon arrival.
  • They will be identified by the airlines concerned.
  • Laboratories will give priority to testing samples from these travelers.
  • All incoming passengers, along with the 2% who test negative, will be required to undergo a home quarantine for 7 days and undergo an RT-PCR test on the 8th day of their arrival in India.
  • They will then need to upload the results of the repeated RT-PCR test for Covid-19 performed on day 8 to the Air Suvidha portal, which will be monitored by the respective states / UTs.
  • If the result is negative, he will have to monitor his health on his own for the next 7 days.
  • However, if their result is positive, their samples must then be sent for genomic testing to the INSACOG laboratory network.
  • They will then be managed in an isolation facility and treated according to standard protocol, including contact tracing.


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