January27 , 2022

At Airports, New Omicron Travel Rules – PCR Tests, Quarantine: 10 Points



Omicron: Maharashtra has enforced new guidelines for passengers from ‘in danger’ international locations (File)

New Delhi:
Starting in the present day, airports throughout the nation have enforced strict quarantine and testing guidelines for worldwide passengers, together with these from ‘in danger’ international locations, amid rising concern over the entry and unfold of the Omicron Covid pressure.

Here are the highest 10 factors on this huge story:

  1. At Mumbai airport, all worldwide passengers from ‘at-risk’ international locations will bear obligatory seven-day institutional quarantine, throughout which period they have to take three RT-PCR assessments – on the second, fourth and seventh days after arrival. They can be allowed to go away solely after returning unfavorable take a look at outcomes.

  2. Two per cent of passengers (chosen at random) from international locations not deemed ‘in danger’ record can be examined for COVID-19 on arrival. If these are unfavorable, they will go away the airport. However, all passengers from international locations not ‘in danger’ should undergo seven days of house quarantine as a further security measure.

  3. The order mandating institutional quarantine (on the passenger’s expense) for arrivals from ‘in danger’ nations was launched late final evening, resulting in concern about individuals being caught unaware and enormous crowds on the airport. Institutional quarantine is required, the state has since defined, as a result of assessments carried out instantly after arrival usually return false unfavorable outcomes.

  4. Information at the moment signifies that worldwide passengers arriving final evening (instantly after the order) had been additionally given Covid assessments and so they had been allowed to go after returning a unfavorable end result.

  5. This morning the Maharashtra Health Department stated six passengers arriving from ‘in danger’ international locations had already examined Covid optimistic. All six are both asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and their samples have been despatched for genome sequencing. Contact tracing is underway, the Health Department stated.

  6. At Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport all worldwide arrivals are being examined for COVID-19, with a unfavorable end result wanted to go away the airport. All worldwide passengers should nonetheless, nevertheless, comply with house quarantine protocol for seven days, after which they have to take one other RT-PCR Test.

  7. Delhi airport tweeted this morning to say the method of screening worldwide arrivals from ‘at-risk’ international locations is working easily. “Total 1,013 passengers from four ‘at risk’ flights… successfully completed arrival formalities due to availability of Rapid PCR Test along with RTPCR test,” airport authorities stated.

  8. At the Bengaluru airport, passengers from ‘in danger’ international locations should take a COVID-19 take a look at and won’t be allowed to go away except it’s unfavorable. If that’s the case, they have to nonetheless comply with house quarantine guidelines for seven days and take one other take a look at on the eighth. A second unfavorable end result will nonetheless require self-monitoring of their well being for the following seven days.

  9. In Chennai, all passengers from ‘in danger’ nations are being examined and might solely go away in the event that they return a unfavorable end result. As with the Mumbai airport, solely two per cent of passengers from different international locations are being examined, and these travellers can go away with out ready for the outcomes. So far, Chennai airport has stated 88 worldwide passengers have been examined and all 88 have returned unfavorable outcomes.

  10. Existing assessments – each fast antigen and PCR – can choose up indicators of Covid even when the infecting pressure is Omicron, the federal government has stated. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has stated the Omicron variant – which the WHO has warned poses a “very high” world danger – is just not but in India, however a senior ICMR physician advised NDTV the pressure is probably going already right here.