Covid-19: Isolation not mandatory for foreign arrivals testing positive

The revised guidelines for international arrivals have stated that travellers arriving in India from any country who test positive for Covid-19 will be treated and isolated in accordance with the standard protocol, rather than being required to be managed at an isolation facility, according to authorities. This will provide some relief to international passengers arriving in India.

Following the publication of the revised ‘Guidelines for International Arrivals’ on Thursday, the new standard will be in effect from January 22 until further orders are announced. The remaining provisions of the revised guidelines have not changed.

Travelers arriving from any country, including those considered ‘at risk,’ are required to be managed at an isolation facility and treated in accordance with a standard protocol, according to existing guidelines.

The clause requiring that you stay in a “isolation facility” upon your arrival was removed from the revised guidelines. In the event that a passenger exhibits symptoms during screening, they will be immediately isolated and transported to a medical facility in accordance with health protocol.

If they are found to be positive, their contacts will be identified and managed in accordance with protocol.

Even if they test negative, foreign arrivals who test positive will be required to undergo home quarantine for seven days and will be required to undergo an RT-PCR test on the eighth day of their arrival in India.

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