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Govt issues guidelines for domestic, international travel; check out the details here

According to the guidelines, the states can also develop their own protocols for quarantine and isolation as per their own assessment

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Govt issues guidelines for domestic, international travel; check out the details here
Dos and Don'ts shall be provided along with tickets

The government on Sunday released the latest guidelines on domestic and international travel via flights, trains, and buses. The prescribed clinical protocols will be followed in case any domestic or international traveler shows coronavirus symptoms, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. States can also develop their own protocols for quarantine and isolation as per their own assessment, it added.

Here are the guidelines for domestic travel:

  • Dos and Don'ts shall be provided along with tickets to the travelers by the agencies concerned.
  • All passengers shall be advised to download the Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices.
  • Suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports/railway stations/bus terminals and in flights/trains/buses.
  • Status/UTs shall ensure that all passengers shall undergo thermal screening at the point of departure and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to board the flight/train/bus.
  • During boarding and travel, all passengers shall use face covers/mask. They will also follow hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and maintain environmental hygiene.
  • At airports/railway stations/ bus terminals required measures to ensure social distancing shall be taken.
  • Airports/railway stations/bus terminals should be regularly sanitised/disinfected and availability of soaps and sanitisers shall be ensured.
  • Thermal screening at the exit point shall be arranged.
  • Asymptomatic passengers will be permitted to go with the advice that they shall self-monitor their health for 14 days. In case, they develop any symptoms, they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call center (1075).
  • 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 with moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID Health facilities and managed accordingly.
  • Those with mild symptoms will be given the option of home isolation or quarantined at the COVID Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate and tested as per ICMR protocol available at the Union Health Ministry's website. (We don't embed external links, pls see if this is correct)
  • If positive, they will continue to be isolated at the 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 a further 7 days.
  • In case any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state/national call center (1075).

Here are the guidelines for international travel:

  • Before boarding, all travelers shall give an undertaking that they will undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days to 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.
  • Only for exceptional and compelling reasons such as cases of human distress, pregnancy, death in family, serious illness, and parent(s) accompanied by children under 10 years, as assessed by the receiving states, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days. The use of Aarogya Setu app shall be mandatory in such cases.
  • Dos and Don'ts shall be provided along with tickets to the travelers by the agencies concerned.
  • All passengers shall be advised to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.
  • At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after thermal screening.
  • Passengers arriving through land borders will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, and only those who are asymptomatic will be enabled to cross the border into India.
  • Self-declaration form in duplicate shall be filled by the person on the flight/ship and a copy of the same will be given to Health and Immigration officials present at the airport/ seaport/ Iandport. The form may also be made available on Aarogya Setu app.
  • Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection shall be ensured at the airports as well as within the flights.
  • During boarding and at the airports, all possible measures to ensure social distancing to be ensured.
  • Suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports/port and in flights/ships and during transit.
  • While onboard the flight/ ship, required precautions such as wearing masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene, etc. are to be observed by airline/ ship staff, crew and all passengers.
  • On arrival, thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the Health officials present at the airport/seaport/Iandport.
  • Passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility as per health protocol.
  • The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective State/ UT Governments.
  • These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days. They shall be tested as per ICMR protocol.

a) If they are assessed as mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the COVID Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate.

b) Those with moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID-19 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.

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