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No quarantine, testing at Indian airport for international travelers, including Canadians, starting Feb. 14

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday revised the guidelines for international arrivals, recommending that all travellers self-monitor their health for next 14 days, instead of 7 days home quarantine as was mandated earlier.

The demarcation of ‘at risk’ and other countries has also been removed in the revised guidelines, which will come into effect from February 14.

“The demarcation of countries ‘at-risk’ & other countries removed. Accordingly need for giving samples on port of arrival & waiting till the result is obtained from countries ‘at-risk’ is dispensed with”, said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in a tweet.

In a series of tweets, he also said that the need for undertaking RT-PCR test on 8th day and uploading the same on Air Suvidha portal is dispensed with.

Two per cent of international travellers from all countries will undergo random sampling on arrival. The travellers can leave the airport after submitting the sample.

According to the new guidelines, if travellers, under self-health monitoring, develop signs and symptoms suggestive of Covid-19, they will immediately self-isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call national helpline number (1075)/state helpline number.

The passengers, found to be symptomatic during screening post arrival, shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility, as per health protocol. If testing positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per laid down protocol, according to the revised guidelines.

These countries include Canada, Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Qatar, Australia, New Zealand, and some European nations.

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