Guidelines on international travel: India lists more countries for post-arrival RTPCR test



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Sep 03, 2021 01:22 First

New Delhi [India], Sep 3 (ANI): The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday banned travelers from additional countries, citing reports of new mutations in SARS-CoV-2 and “an increasing number of variants (VOCs) of concern and given. of interest (volume) globally”.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked Chief Secretaries of States/UTs to strengthen their Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) activities, citing updated guidelines on international travel.
The ministry has added more countries to the list of UK, EU and Middle East including: South Africa, Bangladesh, botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
International travelers from all these countries will now need RTPCR negative report for flying to India and RTPCR check on arrival here
“In view of the reports of new mutations in SARS-CoV-2 and the increasing number of Variants of Concern (VoCs) and Variants of Interest (Vols) globally, the following countries are included in the scope of Part B of the MoHFW International Guidelines: has been added. arrival“Part-B” means the United Kingdom, in addition to existing countries in Europe and the Middle East, Bhushan said in a statement.
“More countries including South Africa, Bangladesh, botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. International travelers from all these countries will now need RTPCR negative report for flying to India and RTPCR Test on arrival here,” it added.
Till now passengers traveling from UK, EU and Middle East were required to be negative RTPCR Report before take off and then mandatory RTPCR Testing on arrival was also done in India.
As mandated in these guidelines, international passengers are required to undergo a pre-arrival RT-PCR test at least 72 hours before boarding. Under the said guidelines, only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to board flights to India.
Whereas in case of symptomatic and/or positive international travellers, States/UTs should continue to implement stringent public health measures of contact tracing, quarantining, testing and ensuring COVID appropriate behaviour.
passenger Additional testing to be done on arrival in India through RT-PCR test from the countries mentioned in Part B of the guidelines above. As also reiterated in previous communications, States/UTs should ensure strict compliance of these guidelines to prevent import of volumes and VOCs into India from other countries,” read the statement further. (ANI)

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