Omicron Scare: Assam makes 7-day quarantine mandatory for travellers from abroad, deets inside
Guwahati: Amid rising concerns over Omicron Variant of Coronavirus, Assam Government has formulated state-specific protocol for follow up of not only international travellers but also the contacts of such people, who may turn positive and detected to have the variant COVID-19.
The following SoP is issued for ensuring public safety and prevention of possible outbreaks of COVID with variant forms of the virus.
- Planning for Travel
- All international travelers of the state going out or coming into Assam should submit
- Self declaration form on the online Air Subidha portal before the scheduled travel, including last 14 days travel details. (http://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsubidha/apho-registration)
- Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to the undertaking of the journey.
- Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.
- They should also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, through concerned airlines before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home/institutional quarantine/self health monitoring, as warranted.
- Before Boarding
- Passengers originating or transiting from at-risk countries shall be informed by the airlines that they will undergo post arrival testing, quarantine if tested negative, stringent isolation protocols if tested positive.
- Do’s and Don’ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travelers by the airlines/agencies concerned.
- Airlines to allow boarding by only those passengers who have filled in the self declaration form on the Air Subidha portal, uploaded the negative RT_PCR test report.
- At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after thermal screening.
- All passengers shall be advised to download Aarogya Setu App on their mobile.
- On Arrival
- De boarding should be done ensuring physical distancing.
- Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the health officials present at the airport. The self declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport health staff.
- The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol. If tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per laid down protocol,
- Rules for travelers from specified countries at risk – Europe including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel are as follows:
(I) Submission of sample for post arrival COVID test at the point of arrival (self-paid). Such travelers will be required to wait for their results at the arrival airport before leaving or taking connecting flight.
(II) The untested passengers and those turning negative and therefore must be followed up by the district surveillance units concerned on Day 2 and Day 5 and their RT_PCR test must be conducted, if found symptomatic.
(III) If tested negative, they will follow, home quarantine for 7 days. Re-test on the 8th day of arrival in India and if negative, further self-monitor of their health for next 7 days.
However, if such travellers are tested positive, their samples should be sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network.
- Travelers from countries excluding those countries at risk, will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days post arrival.
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