The Indian state of Maharashtra has reintroduced a mandatory quarantine measure for all international passengers arriving from “at-risk” countries in response to the Omicron coronavirus variant.
According to a government statement on Tuesday, visitors from countries identified as “at risk” by the Indian Ministry of Health are required to self-isolate for seven days at their own expense at designated hotels.
As of November 30, “at-risk” countries and territories include South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.
These passengers will also be required to take RT-PCR tests on the Monday, Wednesday and Saturday after their arrival.
In recent days, four passengers from South Africa and two from Nigeria have tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in Maharashtra. Their samples, as well as all currently positive tests, have been submitted for genome sequencing with contact tracing underway.
Maharashtra’s revised guidelines are effective immediately and coincide with new national travel rules coming into force.
New Indian rules: From Wednesday, all international passengers arriving in India must submit a self-declaration form to the online government portal including a 14-day travel history and a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours. before departure.
Under guidance from the Department of Health on Sunday, travelers from countries deemed “at risk” will also face further screening and surveillance, including PCR testing on arrival. and must wait for the results before leaving or catching a connecting flight, according to guidance from the Ministry of Health on Sunday.
They will then have to isolate at home for seven days and take another test on the eighth day.