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Flying to India from the UK? Know the quarantine rules, what documents to bring

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Since India will allow flights from the UK from January 8, the control of passengers arriving at various airports will be tighter as the new strain of the mutant virus has raised concerns in India, although it has not significantly affected cargo. daily of Covid-19 cases. . The Ministry of Health has issued a detailed guide for passengers, airlines, and state governments.

Guidelines for passengers:

1. All passengers traveling from the UK will need to submit a self-declaration form on the Delhi Airport online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled trip.

2. Passengers must carry their negative report of the RT-PCR test, which should have been carried out within the 72 hours prior to starting the trip.

3. The copy of the report must also be uploaded to the portal.

Four. Passengers will be required to undergo RT-PCR testing again upon arrival at their own expense.

5. If the test is positive on arrival, passengers will need to be quarantined accordingly.

6. Chaperones and other contacts will also need to be quarantined, if one tests positive.

Guidelines for airlines

1. The airlines will check each passenger and make sure that no one without the negative report can board the flight.

2. Airlines must explain this rule to passengers prior to check-in. Information should be prominently displayed in waiting areas at airports.

Guidelines for Airports in India

1. Mandatory RT-PCR test for passengers arriving from the UK.

2. Proper arrangements for passengers awaiting their RT-PCR test, as well as test results.

3. Installation for insulation, if necessary.

Guidelines for states

1. States will set up help desks at airports served by UK passengers.

2. Those who test positive will have to be isolated in any institutional isolation facility that the state government arranges.

3. State governments will assign specific facilities for such isolation and treatment and will take the necessary steps to send the positive samples to the laboratories of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG). If passengers test positive for the new strain, they will remain in the isolation facility. If they test positive for the current SARS-COV-2 virus genome, then they may be allowed home isolation, depending on their health status. They will be retested after 14 days.

Four. Those who test negative with RT-PCR tests at the airport will be advised to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days and will be monitored regularly by local authorities.

5. All passenger contacts who test positive will be subject to institutional quarantine.

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