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Omicron threat: Strict rules apply from today for those coming from abroad, learn new rules from testing to quarantine at the airport

Countries where new cases of COVID have been found have been kept in the high-risk list. According to the revised guidelines of the Ministry of Health, RT-PCR test has been made mandatory for passengers coming from risk category countries or arriving in India through those countries.

The risk of Omicron variants of COVID 19 increased, strictness increased in all states

The entire country has been alerted to protect against Omicron variants of COVID. The Omicron variant has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as more dangerous and spreading faster than Delta. In view of this danger, vigilance has been increased at all airports in India. The government has implemented strict rules for travelers coming from abroad from today. Strict rules have come into force from today for international travelers, especially those coming from at-risk countries.

Not a single case of Omicron has been reported in India so far, although the central government has asked states and union territories to ensure RT-PCR test on the first day of arrival of passengers from risk countries and test again on the 8th day. Is. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Tuesday advised states not to lax and strictly monitor international travelers coming from various airports, seaports and land borders.

What are the new rules?

Under the new rules, RT-PCR tests are mandatory for passengers coming from risk-averse countries and they will be allowed to leave the airport only after the test results are out. Also, five percent of the passengers coming by flights from other countries will be screened for COVID-19.

The authority is ready to implement the new rules from Tuesday midnight. Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has advised that international travelers coming from at-risk countries should be prepared to wait at the airport till the RT-PCR test results are out and not book pre-contact flights to other destinations from there. do it. In addition, the ministry has asked the states to immediately send all the confirmed samples to the respective INSACOG laboratory for genome sequencing.

RT-PCR test necessary for air travel

Countries where new cases of COVID have been found have been kept in the high-risk list. According to the revised guidelines of the Ministry of Health, RT-PCR test has been made mandatory for passengers coming from risk category countries or arriving in India through those countries. Also, the passenger will not be allowed to leave the airport or board the connecting flight until the test results of the sample are received.

The ministry said that people coming from countries other than ‘risk’ category countries will be allowed to leave the airport, although such passengers will also have to self-monitor their health for 14 days.

Screening of travelers from low-risk countries

The ministry said that five per cent of the passengers coming from other countries will be screened and the airline concerned will have to identify five per cent of the passengers arriving on each flight who should be tested. However, the ministry will bear the cost of testing their samples. In another order on Tuesday, the DDMA has extended the permission for all activities, except political, cultural, social, religious, sports, entertainment and festive gatherings, till December 15.

International airports in the national capital and other parts of the country have geared up to implement the new rules. Officials said on Tuesday that the Delhi International Airport has made arrangements to accommodate up to 1500 passengers at a time. These will also include international travelers coming from at-risk countries, who will be stopped till the test report comes.

Rs 1700 will be charged for RT-PCR

He told that every passenger will have to undergo RT-PCR test, for which about Rs 1700 will be charged. Food and water are also included in this amount during their stay till the investigation report comes. Airports Authority of India (AAI) spokesperson said that all AAI airports are fully prepared to implement the guidelines issued by the central government in coordination with the state authorities.

The spokesperson said that the top management of AAI is also monitoring the situation. AAI is operating 34 international airports. It is noteworthy that according to the list updated on 26 November, the list of vulnerable countries includes European countries, Britain, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Israel and Hong Kong.

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