INDIA - COVID-19: New guidelines announced for arriving foreign travelers

India recently announced new entry guidelines for foreign travelers.

Key Points:
• Individuals traveling to India must submit a self-declaration form either through the online portal at least 72 hours before their scheduled travel time or physically upon arrival at the appropriate health counter.
• International passengers arriving without a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) negative certificate and who wish to seek an exemption from institutional quarantine may undergo RT-PCR testing at airport facilities.
• International passengers arriving without an RT-PCR negative certificate and who are not opting for RT-PCR testing at airport facilities, or who are arriving at airports where RT-PCR testing facilities are not available, will be required to undergo a mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine followed by a seven-day home quarantine.
• International passengers arriving at seaports or land ports will be subjected to the same protocol, except that the online portal is currently not available to these passengers. Instead, they will need to physically submit their self-declaration form to the authorities at the seaport/land port upon arrival.
• Indian states may impose additional sets of restrictions based on their own field assessments.

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