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Latest Travel Guidelines for India Amidst COVID-19

As the world continues to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for travelers to stay informed about the latest travel guidelines and protocols. In this article, we will provide you with the most up-to-date information and guidance for traveling to India.

Travel Advisory and Protocols

The Indian government has issued new advisory guidance for international travelers to India. Here are the key protocols you should be aware of:

  • Home Quarantine: All travelers are required to undergo home quarantine for seven days upon arrival in India. On the eighth day, they must take an RT-PCR test for COVID-19.

  • Upload Test Results: Travelers must upload the results of their repeat RT-PCR test on the eighth day to the Air Suvidha portal. If the test is negative, they need to self-monitor their health for the next seven days. Those who test positive will be managed at an isolation facility and treated according to standard protocols.

  • Symptoms and Positive Test: If travelers develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive during home quarantine or self-health monitoring, they need to immediately self-isolate and report to the nearest health facility or call the national or state helpline numbers.

  • Pre-Travel Requirements: It is mandatory for all travelers to submit complete and factual information in the self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before their scheduled travel. They also need to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report taken within 72 hours prior to their journey.

  • Boarding and Screening: Airlines will allow boarding only to passengers who have completed the self-declaration form and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report. Only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after thermal screening. It is also recommended to download the Aarogya Setu app, the Indian government’s contact tracing app.

  • Arrival Procedures: On arrival, all passengers will undergo thermal screening. Symptomatic travelers will be isolated and re-tested. Those with negative test results will be required to home-quarantine for seven days, retest on the eighth day, and continue self-monitoring for another seven days. Positive cases will be held in stringent isolation.

  • Travel from Specified Countries: Travelers from countries-at-risk, including the UK, South Africa, Brazil, and several others, will need to submit a sample for a post-arrival self-paid COVID-19 test. They must wait for the test results at the arrival airport before leaving or taking a connecting flight. If the test is negative, they will follow the seven-day home quarantine mandate and take an RT-PCR test on the eighth day.

  • Land and Seaport Travel: Travelers arriving at land or seaports need to follow the same protocols, but they will submit a self-declaration form to the concerned Indian government authorities at the ports, as online registration is currently not available for them.

  • Exemptions for Children: Children under the age of five are exempted from pre- and post-arrival testing. However, if they show COVID-19 symptoms or test positive during the home quarantine period, they will undergo testing and treatment.

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FAQs

Q: What are the pre-boarding requirements for travelers from the U.S. to India?
A: Travelers from the U.S. are advised to be fully vaccinated, get flu shots, and comply with India’s COVID-19 mitigation measures. They must also upload a self-declaration form and a negative RT-PCR test report to the Air Suvidha portal.

Q: What are the arrival procedures for travelers from the UK to India?
A: Travelers from the UK need to pre-book an RT-PCR test and wait for the results at the arrival airport. If the test is negative, they will be required to home-quarantine for seven days and take another test on the eighth day.

Q: What are the pre-boarding requirements for travelers from Canada to India?
A: Travelers from Canada must take an RT-PCR test up to 72 hours before departure. They also need to submit a self-reporting form on the Air Suvidha portal 72 hours before their scheduled travel.

Q: What are the pre-boarding requirements for travelers from Singapore to India?
A: Vaccinated passengers from Singapore are allowed to travel to India. They need to submit an online self-declaration form and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours before departure.

Q: What are the pre-boarding requirements for travelers from Dubai to India?
A: Passengers from Dubai need to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test before departure and submit a self-declaration form and vaccination certificate. They are also required to download the Aarogya Setu app.

For more information and the latest updates on travel guidelines, visit the official iBlog website.

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Conclusion

Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic requires careful planning and adherence to guidelines and protocols. The Indian government has implemented various measures to ensure the safety and well-being of travelers. By following the necessary requirements and staying informed, you can have a smooth and safe journey to India.

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Please refer to the official iBlog website for the most accurate and up-to-date information on travel guidelines and protocols for India.

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