NEW DELHI: The Centre on Sunday said asymptomatic domestic passengers will be allowed to proceed to their destination on arrival but will need to self-monitor their health for 14 days. And if they develop any symptoms, they will need to inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call centre, according to guidelines for domestic travel by air, train and inter-state bus travel issued by the Union health ministry on Sunday. Only symptomatic passengers will be allowed to travel to or within India.
The guidelines for international arrivals mandate that all travellers before boarding aircraft to India “shall give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days — 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.”
For international arrivals, 14-day home quarantine can be permitted in exceptional cases like “human distress, pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parent(s) accompanied by children below 10 years” by receiving states. Such arrivals will mandatorily need to use the Aarogya Setu app.
All other travellers are advised to download the Aarogya Setu App, but it is not mandatory for them. However, the Centre has allowed states to develop their own protocol for quarantine and isolation. This means different states could have different entry protocols which passengers — whether domestic or international — must individually check before getting on a train, plane or bus to that place.
The guidelines for domestic travellers say: “Those found symptomatic will be isolated and taken to the nearest health facility. They will be assessed for clinical severity at the health facility. Those having moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid health facilities and managed accordingly. Those having mild symptoms will be given the option of home isolation or isolated in the Covid Care Centre (both public and private facilities) as appropriate and tested as per ICMR protocol.”
“If positive, they will continue in COVID Care Centre and will be managed as per clinical protocol. If negative, the passenger may be allowed to go home, isolate himself/herself and self-monitor his/her health for further 7 days. In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call centre,” the domestic traveller guidelines say.
For international travellers, the health ministry says everyone will be screened on arrival. “Passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol. The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective sState/ UT governments.
These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days. If they test positive, they shall be assessed clinically,” the guidelines say.
“If they are assessed as mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in Covid Care Centre (both public and private facilities). Those having moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid health facilities and managed accordingly. If found negative, they shall be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor their health for 7 days.
In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call centre,” the health ministry says for international arrivals.
Aviation minister H S Puri tweeted: “Latest guidelines on domestic & international travel have been issued by the Union health ministry. I hope travellers strictly follow these self-regulatory norms and strengthen India’s hands in this fight against COVID19. Remember, each one of us is a soldier against the pandemic.”