The Ministry of Civil Aviation has issued new guidelines for passengers headed to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Passengers will be subjected to Rapid Antigen Test on arrival at the airport, in addition, passengers must have RT-PCR test report issued by a laboratory approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The test should have been issued 48 hours before departure. 

Quarantine is also mandatory for travellers, with rules for both institutional and home quarantine.

If the result of the rapid antigen test turns out to be positive, you will need to go into govt aided instiutional quarantine. You can also opt for hotel quarantine in designated hotels approved by the authorities. But, keep in mind that while institutional quarantine is free, hotel quarantine will be on a paid basis.

All travellers arriving on the island from the mainland are required to home quarantine for a period of seven days. This must be done even if you have tested negative. Violation of this rule will attract a fine of Rs 5000. 

It has also been specified that visitors to Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep and Little Andaman will have to undergo mandatory home quarantine for a period of 10 days. Violation of this will again attract a fine of Rs 5000.

Passengers should also remember to download the Aarogya Setu app which should show a safe status. Apart from this, only asymptomatic passengers and those wearing masks will be allowed inside the airport.

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