Health Ministry issues Revised Guidelines for NRIs or other foreign travellers: DC Ghanshyam Thori

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Jalandhar, August 9, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)

Deputy Commissioner Mr Ghanshyam Thori said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued revised guidelines for the Non-Residents of India (NRIs) and foreign travellers.

Divulging the details, The Deputy Commissioner said that NRIs and other international travellers have to submit a self-declaration form on the portal www.newdelhiairport.in before 72 hours of the travel.

He said that they have to give an undertaking for undergoing mandatory quarantine for 14 days including institutional quarantine at their own cost for one week followed by home isolation for seven days.

He said that exemptions will be given in emergency or health conditions including pregnancy, death in the family, serious illness and parents(s) with children below 10 years of age.

The Deputy Commissioner told that the travellers can also be exempted from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival. He also said that the tests must have been conducted within 96 hours before the journey with the test report uploaded on the portal for consideration.

Mr Thori also stated that only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after the thermal screening. The travellers arriving through the land borders will also have to undergo the same protocol and only those who are asymptomatic will be allowed to cross the border into India, he added.

The DC said that the safety protocols including wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene and others are to be observed by airline/ ship staff, crew and all passengers.

He said that thermal screening will be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the health teams. The self-declaration form filled online must be shown (or a copy of physical self-declaration form to be submitted) to the health teams at the airport, he revealed.

Mr Thori told that those found to be symptomatic during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to the medical facility as per health protocol.

He said that those who have been exempted from institutional quarantine (decision as indicated on the online portal in advance) must show the same to the officials before being allowed home quarantine for 14 days.

He further told that the remaining passengers would be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities for a week. They will be tested as per ICMR protocol available and if tested positive, they will be examined by health teams, he added.

After seven days, if they will be assessed as asymptomatic, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the Covid Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate, he said.

Mr Thori also disclosed that those with severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid Health facilities and managed accordingly.

DDLG-cum-Nodal officer Mr Darbara Singh said that all international passengers should contact on the following phone numbers for their passports after 15 days of arrival -0181-2224417, 2224424,2223426 .He said that they can collect their passports at the following office address, Deputy Director Urban Local Government 227-228, Master Tara Singh Nagar near Hotel Kamal Palace Chowk.


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