Kerala has issued travel guidelines for all arriving international travellers entering Kerala. Kerala's health department has said that only those showing coronavirus symptoms among NRIs and international travelers entering the state will now be tested for COVID-19.

State Health Minister Veena George said the latest travel guidelines were issued based on the recommendations of an expert panel assigned by the state.

Latest travel guidelines says, all international travelers, regardless of the duration of their stay in Kerala, will have to undergo self-symptomatic monitoring. However, those found symptomatic will need to undergo RT-PCR test.

Meanwhile random testing will also be done for 2% of international passengers arriving by flight, irrespective of their country of departure; Such inquiry will be done free of cost.

It also comes into knowledge that the passengers would be selected by the airline staff. As per the guidelines, international travelers arriving in Kerala are advised to undergo home quarantine, and continue to self-monitor their health for 7 days. If they develop any symptoms, they will have to undergo testing.

Earlier, Kerala had made it mandatory for those entering the state from 'at-risk' countries to undergo a seven-day home quarantine to enter the state from 'at-risk' countries. Apart from this, the Kerala government had also made RT-PCR test mandatory for those coming from omicron-affected countries.


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