Omicron Scare: Assam Government Issues New SoP For International Travellers

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Owing to the increased scare of Omicron, the Assam government on Sunday revised guidelines mandating that all international passengers entering the state will have to submit 14-day travel details and upload a negative RT-PCR test report on the Air Suvidha portal before the journey.

The following SoP is issued for ensuring public safety and prevention of possible outbreak of COVID with variant forms of the virus:

  1. Planning for Travel:

All International travellers of the state going out or coming into Assam should Submit self —declaration form on the online Air Subidha portal (http://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsubidha/apho-registration) before the scheduled travel, including last 14 days travel details. Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report*. This test should have been conducted within 72 hrs 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.

Continuing with the earlier approach, travellers from certain specified Countries (based on epidemiological situation of COVID-19 in those Countries at annexure A) are identified for additional follow up, the listing of such specified Countries is a dynamic exercise based on evolving situation of COVID-19 across the world and will be made available on the websites of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, (mohfw.gov.in) and the link of the same will be available at website of Ministry of External Affairs and Air Suvidha Portal.

2. 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 etc. as mentioned in para(xv).

Do’s and Don’ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the airlines/ agencies concerned. Airlines to allow boarding by only those passengers who have filled in the Self Declaration Form on the Air Suvidha Portal, uploaded the negative RT_PCR test report.

At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening. All passengers shall be advised to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.

3.During travel

In-flight announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports and in flight and during transit. During in-flight crew shall ensure that COVID appropriate behaviour is followed at all times. If any passenger reports symptoms of COVID-19 during flight, he/she shall be isolated as per protocol.

  1. 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. d. Travellers from specified Countries at risk (as mentioned in above) will follow the protocol as detailed below: Submission of sample for post-arrival COVID-19 test* at the point of arrival (self-paid). Such travellers will be required to wait for their test results at the arrival airport before leaving or taking connecting flight. 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.

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. e. However, if such travellers are tested positive, their samples should be sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network. They shall be managed at separate isolation facility and treated as per laid down standard protocol including contact tracing.

The contacts of such positive cases should be kept under institutional quarantine or at home quarantine monitored strictly by the concerned District Surveillance Officer as per laid down protocol. They will also be monitored for symptoms on 2nd and 5th day and tested for COVID positivity if found symptomatic. If asymptomatic, they will be tested on 8th day by RTPCR and if found positive, they will undergo treatment as mentioned above and if negative, after another 7 days of isolation, shall be released on 15th day.

If such travellers are tested positive, they shall be managed as per laid down standard protocol and samples would be further sent for genomic testing. If travellers under home quarantine or self-health monitoring, develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 on re-testing, they will immediately self isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number.

These SoPs shall come into force with immediate effect and are liable to modification with evolving COVID situation and Government of India guidelines.

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