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Covid: Centre issues new guidelines for international passengers amid fresh Covid fears

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Covid Guidelines: On December 22, the Health Ministry issued a new set of guidelines for international travellers, stating that children under the age of 12 would be exempt from random testing at airports but would be tested for COVID if symptomatic.

“Children under the age of 12 are not subject to post-arrival random testing. However, if they are found to be symptomatic for COVID-19 upon arrival or during the self-monitoring period, they will be tested and treated according to the protocol,” the ministry stated in its guidelines.

The guidelines will go into effect at 10 a.m. on December 24.


The Centre issued new ‘Guidelines for International Arrivals’ on Thursday, amid growing concern about a new Covid wave, with cases increasing in China and other countries. The updated guidelines include protocols that must be followed by international travellers as well as points of entry (airports, seaports, and land borders) and will be in effect from December 24, 2022 until further orders are issued.

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Covid Protocols to be followed before arrival, during flight :

All travellers should preferably be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 according to their country’s approved primary schedule of vaccination.

In-flight announcements about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as precautionary measures to be taken (preferably mask use and physical separation) will be made on flights/travel and at all points of entry.

Any passenger experiencing COVID-19 symptoms during travel should be isolated according to standard protocol, which means wearing a mask, being isolated and separated from other passengers in flight/travel, and being transferred to an isolation facility for further treatment.

Covid Protocols to be followed on arrival:

De-boarding should be done with physical distance in mind.

Thermal screening of all passengers should be performed by health officials present at the point of entry.

Passengers who exhibit symptoms during screening must be immediately isolated and transported to a designated medical facility in accordance with health protocol (as above).

A subset (2% of the total passengers on the flight) will be subjected to random post-arrival testing at the airport.


The airlines involved will identify such passengers on each flight (preferably from different countries).

They will submit the samples and then be permitted to leave the airport.
If such travellers’ samples are found to be positive, they should be sent to the INSACOG laboratory network for genomic testing.

All travellers should self-monitor their health after arrival and report to their nearest health facility or call the National Helpline Number (1075)/State Helpline Number if they have any symptoms that are suggestive.

Post-arrival random testing is not required for children under the age of 12. However, if they are found to be symptomatic for COVID-19 upon arrival or during the self-monitoring period, they will be tested and treated according to the protocol.


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