The Strategist

India introduces strict quarantine rules for all foreigners arriving to country

08/03/2020 - 09:16

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of India, in connection with the continuation of the novel coronavirus pandemic, has updated the rules for foreign travelers arriving in the country.

Earlier, the Indian Civil Aviation Authority extended the ban on international flights to and from India until 31 August. At the same time, the country's aviation ministry approved the partial resumption of flights with the United States and France under the "air bubble" agreement - an agreement between the two countries, according to which airlines of both countries can operate international flights, adhering to certain rules and restrictions.

According to the new rules, which come into force on August 8, 72 hours before the scheduled flight to India all travelers must fill out a special form on the New Delhi airport website and, in particular, agree to undergo a 7-day paid quarantine in a special facility for their account and subsequent 7-day self-isolation.

Certain categories of citizens may be exempted from mandatory paid quarantine, in particular, pregnant women, those who came to a funeral, those with a serious illness or parents accompanying children under 10 years of age. Such passengers will have to report their situation on the portal. If an exemption from paid quarantine is approved, passengers will be required to undergo home quarantine for two weeks.

"Travelers can also apply for an exemption from the institution's quarantine by presenting a negative RT-PCR test upon arrival. This test had to be performed no later than 96 hours before travel. The test results must be uploaded to the portal for review," the update reads. 

It is noted that if a fake test is provided, the passenger can be prosecuted, and the test can also be carried out upon arrival in India.

During their stay in the country, travelers must also install the Aarogya Setu application on their phones, which tracks the user's location and, in particular, warns of being near potential coronavirus infected.

India is in third place in the world in the number of cases of coronavirus. According to the latest data, the number of cases of coronavirus in the country for the fourth day in a row is increasing by more than 50 thousand per day. On Sunday, the total number of cases exceeded 1.7 million. At the same time, the number of those who won the virus is more than 1.1 million people, more than 567 thousand people are being treated, more than 37 thousand have died.