With the increase in Omicron cases across India, a new wave of fear and restrictions is emerging around the world. India, which has experienced a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, has also announced travel restrictions in its several states. State governments have announced covid guidelines for travelers from “at-risk” countries in an attempt to curb the super-spread of the Omicron variant.
Here is a list of travel restrictions imposed by various states in India:
The Delhi government has made it compulsory for international travelers from Brazil, UK, China, South Africa, Mauritius, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Botswana and Israel to undergo mandatory RT-PCR tests at the airport. No restrictions will be imposed on passengers from any other country. Children under five do not need to take the test. However, for others, it is mandatory to wait at the airport unless the results arrive. If a person is negative, they must self-quarantine at home and have another test on the eighth day. If the result is positive, the person should follow the treatment protocol at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital.
With a sharp increase in Omicron cases in Maharashtra, the state government has imposed a mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine for “high-risk” passengers from South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. On the eighth day, passengers will be tested again and if the results are negative, a mandatory 7-day home quarantine must be followed. If a person tests positive, they will be transferred to a hospital with facilities for covid-19 treatment. All international passengers with connecting flights must also undergo an RT-PCR test. Domestic travelers must be fully vaccinated and perform their RT-PCR test 48 hours before travel. All state airports are to have separate screening counters for passengers from “high risk” countries.
International travelers should be quarantined at home for 7 days. If a passenger tests positive, the sample will be sent for genomic sequence and he will be admitted to an isolation center. Ultimately, they will be released at the discretion of the attending physician if the genomic sequencing is negative for B.1.1.529 (Omicron variant). However, passengers arriving from Europe including UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel, should follow additional measures upon arrival at Maharashtra airport.
4. West Bengal
It is mandatory for international passengers flying from Dhaka, London and Singapore to undergo an RT-PCR and undergo a home quarantine for seven days. Passengers who test positive must undergo institutional quarantine. Domestic travelers from other states should also bring negative RT-PCR reports performed 72 hours before the flight. The government has given instructions to set up a special ward at Beliaghata government hospital, especially for patients who test positive for Omicron.
5. Jammu and Kashmir
International passengers must undergo RT-PCR test at Srinagar International Airport. Passengers from countries designated “at risk” will have to undergo a home quarantine for 7 days. On the eighth day, they are due for another test and if they are negative, they are to self-monitor for an additional two weeks. Travelers from “safe” countries were asked to self-monitor for two weeks. Samples of positive cases will be sent promptly to designated INSACOG Genome Sequencing Laboratories (IGSL).
6. Tamil Nadu
The RT-PCR test is mandatory for international travelers from “at risk” countries including South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, UK, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong and Israel, at any airport in the state. Random sampling will be carried out on two percent of travelers from countries other than âat riskâ. If tested positive, the sample will be sent for whole genome sequencing and the patient will be admitted to an isolation center. If the test is negative, a person should be quarantined at home for 7 days and tested again on the eighth day. For domestic travelers, the Arogya Setu app, thermal control and electronic check-in are mandatory. For travelers from Kerala, a double vaccination certificate or negative RT-PCR test, not less than 72 hours, is mandatory.
International passengers traveling from “at risk” countries (European countries, including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel) must undergo mandatory RT-PCR. If they are negative, they should be quarantined at home for 7 days followed by another test on the eighth day and another week of self-monitoring. People who test positive will be transferred to isolation wards. Children under 5 are exempt from the test. However, if they are symptomatic, they will undergo established protocols. Domestic travelers must register on the Covid-19 Jagratha portal and undergo heat screening. All passengers must be provided with a negative RT-PCR report (at least 72 hours before the flight) or a double vaccination certificate. There will be no home quarantine for passengers who test negative. If the national traveler is positive, he must submit to the isolation standards regulated by the State.
For international arrivals, it is mandatory to complete the Self-Report Form (SDF) and upload negative RT-PCR test reports for all international travelers as per notification from the Ministry of Health and Welfare family of the Indian government dated November 28.
Travelers coming from the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, Israel will have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR test. If they are negative, a 7-day home quarantine should follow. In the event of a positive test, passengers will be sent to the isolation room. The state government made it mandatory for people entering the state must register with the government website and download the Arogya Setu app and Behavioral Change Management app.