India Revises Quarantine Guidelines For International Travelers

The Indian government’s guidelines that allow fully vaccinated international travelers from 11 countries — the UK, France, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary and Serbia — to forego home quarantine on arrival in India come into effect from today.

The guidelines released last week had said that travelers coming from a country with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccines would not have to self-isolate but would have to produce a negative RT-PCR test.

All airlines will have to check the test report before taking passengers on board.

Travelers coming from these countries who are fully vaccinated and 15 days have elapsed since completion of Covid vaccination schedule, shall be allowed to leave the airport and shall self monitor their health for 14 days post arrival, per the revised guidelines.

While planning for travel, all travelers should submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel and upload a negative RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey, according to the guidelines.

Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.

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