Government of India issued revised guidelines for international arrivals and said that children below five years of age are exempted from testing both before and after the arrival of COVID-19 in India.

The revised guidelines further stated that if they are found symptomatic for coronavirus infection on arrival or during the home quarantine period, they will be tested and treated as per the prescribed protocol.

The existing guidelines for international arrivals in India (issued on February 17 with subsequent appendices) have been formulated taking a risk-based approach. The Health Ministry said that in view of the increasing vaccination coverage across the world and the changing nature of the pandemic, the existing guidelines for international arrivals in India have been reviewed.

Revised Guidelines for International Arrivals

In a fresh guidelines it is mentioned that, "Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for Covid-19 on arrival or during the home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol,"

The ministry said that this standard operating procedure will be valid from November 12 (00.00 hrs IST) till further orders. Also, 15 days must have elapsed since the completion of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

As per the extant guidelines, if passengers are fully vaccinated and come from a country with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines, they will be allowed to leave the airport. will be allowed and they will not be required to undergo home quarantine. They will self-monitor their health after 14 days of arrival.

If partially or not vaccinated, passengers need to take measures that include sample submission for COVID-19 test after arrival at the point of arrival, after which they are allowed to leave the airport Home quarantine for seven days, re-testing on the eighth day of arrival in India and self-monitoring of their health for the next seven days if negative. "15 days must have elapsed since the completion of the Covid-19 vaccination programme," the guidelines said.

Passengers under home quarantine or self-health monitoring, if they develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 on re-test, shall immediately self-isolate and return to their nearest health facility. or call on the national helpline number. 1075) / State Helpline No.

Deboarding should be done by the health officials at the airport on arrival to ensure physical distancing and thermal screening of all passengers. The self-declaration form filled online will be shown to the airport health staff.

Passengers found to be symptomatic during the screening will be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility as per health protocols. If tested positive, their contacts will be identified and managed as per the prescribed protocol.

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