Travellers at the newly opened Terminal 1 of Dubai Airport.
Gulf Today Report
India's health ministry revised its guidelines for international arrivals on Sunday following the news of COVID variant Omicron — designated as a Variant of Concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The new guidelines will come into effect on December 1.
The Ministry of Health, in a statement, said, “Existing guidelines have been revised for reporting a new variant of SARSCoV2 (B.1.1.529; called Omicron) which has now been classified as a VOC by the WHO.
The guidelines are:
- International arrivals will now have to upload their 14-day travel history and present valid a negative RT PCR test report on Air Suvidha portal before travelling to India.
- The RT-PCR test report should not be more than 72 hours old.
- Passengers travelling from countries that are categorised as 'at-risk' will have to undergo testing on arrival.
- If the passengers test positive, their samples will be sent for genomic sequencing, and they will be sent to institutional quarantine.
- If they test negative, they will be asked to remain in home quarantine for seven days following which they will take a test on the 8th day and will continue to monitor their health for the next 7 days.
- The government has listed — South Africa, China, the United Kingdom, European countries, Bangladesh, Brazil, Botswana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Singapore and Israel on “At Risk segment.”
- Tests for passengers from "at risk" countries will be self-paid while the cost of random tests will be borne by the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation.
- Travellers from countries excluding the 'at risk' countries will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days post arrival.
According to Emirates Airlines travel guidelines, “If the UAE government has specified a designated laboratory in your country of origin, then you must get your certificate from that lab. If it is not specified, please use an accredited lab in your country of departure.”
The embassy said, “Please note that UAE will issue no objection letter to travel in some humanitarian cases only that meet all conditions and requirements.”
450,000 Indians registered electronically for returning to their country through the embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Indian consulate in Dubai
The ban follows an accident on Jan.10 in which nine traders died and 20 others were injured when a truck returning from a weekly market near Lira overturned. Police blamed speed and reckless driving for the crash.
"The first accident occurred in the early morning in Al Karama tunnel, when a bus crashed into a light vehicle causing ten minor injuries," he explained.
Police spokesman Moses Carter told the media the death toll was provisional and "may increase" because a number of people were in critical condition. He added that children were included among the dead.