India revises Covid-19 guidelines for international arrivals amid Omicron fears

Union Health Ministry issues a revised guidelines for international arrivals in India to be effective from December 1 amid the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant termed Omicron.

The revised guidelines mandate submitting 14 days' travel details and uploading a negative RT-PCR test report on the Air Suvidha portal before the journey.

Passengers coming from 'at-risk' countries will have to undergo RT-PCR testing on arrival in India now.

If tested negative, they'll follow home quarantine for seven days. Re-test will take place on the 8th day, which if negative, further self-monitoring will happen for next seven days.

A sub-section (5% of total flight passengers) will undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival.

The Health Ministry has classified countries in Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel as 'at-risk’.