Revised SoP for International Arrivals at SVPI Ahmedabad Airport ; Covid-19 Coronavirus Omicron Variant

Revised SoP for International Arrivals 1.12.2021

De-boarding should be done ensuring physical distancing.

1. 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. Sufficient number of devices and staff should be deployed for this activity to avoid any difficulty to passengers.

2. The passengers found to be symptomatic# during screening shall be immediately isolated taken to isolation room as designated/segregated place and then taken to medical facility as per health protocol.

– Local Health Authority (District) will facilitate passenger for transfer to Governement(Free)/Private(on payment basis) facility as per the choice
given by passenger.

– If tested positive, their contacts shall be identified and managed as per laid down protocol#
.

3. Travelers from specified Countries at risk

List of Countries from where travelers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing (Countries at-risk)
(Updated as on 26th November 2021).

1. Countries in Europe including The United Kingdom

2. South Africa

3. Brazil

4. Botswana

5. China

6. Mauritius

7. New Zealand

8. Zimbabwe

9. Singapore

10.Hong Kong

11.Israel

will follow the protocol as detailed below:

 Submission of sample for post-arrival COVID-19 test* at the point of
arrival (self-paid). Such travelers will be required to wait for their test
results at the arrival airport before leaving.

o Airlines will provide option of registration and payment for testing
to passengers before boarding to ensure hassle free testing on
arrival.

o Such travelers will be required to Pay Rs. 2700/- for Rapid RtPCR
test which takes roughly 1 hr to get results. Passengers will also
have the option of going for regular RtPCR test (costing Rs. 400/-)
for which result takes roughly 6-8 hrs. All passengers will be
required to wait for test results at the airport only.

o Passengers testing negative in the RtPCR test will be allowed to
leave the airport. However they will be required to maintain home
quarantine for 7 days. Re-test will be done by local health
authorities on 8th day of arrival in India and if negative, they have
to further self-monitor their health for next 7 days and keep in
touch with the local health authorities.

 However, if such travelers are tested positive:-

o Such travelers can avail treatment at identified government facility
free of cost. If they wish to get admitted at any private facility
designated by Ahemdabad Municipal Corporation or local
administrative authority, they can do so on payment basis.

o Such passengers will be allowed to travel to their home town/ place
of choice in an ambulance (On payment basis) and get treatment
in Government (Free)/Private (on payment basis) facility.

 The contacts# of such positive case should be kept under institutional
quarantine or at home quarantine and monitored strictly as per laid down
protocol.

 Such all positive samples should be sent for genomic testing at INSACOG
laboratory network as per SoP of GBRC.

4. Travelers from Countries excluding those Countries at risk will be allowed to

leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival. A sub-
section (2% of the total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at

random at the airport on arrival.

 The 2% of such travelers in each flightshall be identified by the concerned
airlines (preferably from different countries) through a computerized
draw to avoid any dispute among the passengers.

 Such travelers shall be escorted by the concerned airlines to testing area
on arrival.

 The cost of testing of such travelers shall be borne by the travelers
identified for random testing themselves.

 Laboratories shall prioritize testing of samples from such travelers.
 If such travelers are tested positive, they shall be managed as per laid
down standard protocol and samples would further send for genomic
testing.

* Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre- and post-arrival testing.
However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during home quarantine period,
they shall undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol.

# Contacts of the suspect case are the co-passengers seated in the same row, 3 rows in front
and 3 rows behind along with identified Cabin Crew. Also, all the community contacts of those
travelers who have tested positive (during home quarantine period) would be subjected to
quarantine for 14 days and tested as per ICMR protocol.

Note: This SoP is in accordance to GoI guidelines dated 30.11.2021, if Government of India
changes any guideline that will be applicable with immediate effect and accordingly
changes to be consider in above SoP. For any clarification GoI guideline will consider as final.

Role of Different agencies at airport

 Airlines

o Dissemination of all guidelines to travelers before boarding

o Identification of 2% travelers coming from Countries excluding
those Countries at risk

o Facilitating travelers for registration and payment of testing
during travel

o Dissemination of self-declaration form during travel

 Airport authority

o Overall coordination

o Crowd management

o Will provide sufficient chairs and made arrangement of tea-coffee
(On payment basis).

o Will identify sufficient lab, who cater the necessary services.

 Identified private laboratories at airport

o Will deploy sufficient number of manpower, kits, machines to
cater the testing services and charge as decided by Government
periodically

o Will collect 100% samples of travelers coming from Countries at
risk.

o Will collect 2% samples of travelers coming from Countries
excluding those Countries at risk.

 Immigration authority

o Will check that sample given by travelers or not who belongs to
countries at risk

 Local Health authority and APHO

o Will deploy their staff for screening of passengers (District Health
Authority)

o Will deploy their staff at exit point for due check of report.
(District Health Authority)

o Guidance and support to passengers if they found positive and
required Hospital/Home isolation (Municipal Corporation Health
Authority)

o Deployment of ambulance (Municipal Corporation Health
Authority)

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Dated the 30th November 2021

Government of India

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Guidelines for International Arrivals

(in supersession of all guidelines issued on the subject on and after 28thth November 2021)

Introduction

The global trajectory of COVID-19 pandemic continues to decline with certain regional variations. The
need to monitor the continuously changing nature of virus and evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants of
concern (VOCs) must still remain in focus. The existing guidelines for international arrivals in India
have been formulated taking a risk-based approach. The existing guidelines have been revised in view
of reporting of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.1.529; named Omicron) which has been now
classified as Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization.

Scope

This document provides protocols to be complied with international travellers as well those to be
followed by airlines, points of entry (airports, seaports and land border) for risk profiling of passengers.
This Standard Operating Procedure shall be valid w.e.f. 1

st December 2021 (00.01 Hrs IST) till further

orders. Based on the risk assessment, this document shall be reviewed from time to time.

A.1. Planning for Travel

i. All travellers should

a. Submit self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal

(https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration) before the scheduled
travel, including last 14 days travel details.

b. Upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report*. This test should have been conducted
within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey.

c. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the
report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.

ii. 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.

iii. Continuing with the earlier approach, travellers from certain specified Countries (based on
epidemiological situation of COVID-19 in those Countries) are identified for additional follow
up. These include need for additional measures as detailed in para (xv) below. 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.

A.2. Before Boarding

iv. 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).

v. Do’s and Don’ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the airlines/agencies
concerned.

vi. 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.
vii. At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after
thermal screening.

viii. All passengers shall be advised to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.

A.3. During Travel

ix. In-flight announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed
shall be made at airports and in flights and during transit.

x. During in-flight crew shall ensure that COVID appropriate behaviour is followed at all times.
xi. If any passenger reports symptoms of COVID-19 during flight, he/she shall be isolated as per
protocol.

A.4. On arrival

xii. De-boarding should be done ensuring physical distancing.

xiii. 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.

xiv. 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#
.
xv. Travellers from specified Countries at risk [as mentioned in para (iii) 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 a connecting flight.

 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.
 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 mentioned in para (xiv).

 The contacts of such positive case should be kept under institutional quarantine or at
home quarantine monitored strictly by the concerned State Government as per laid down
protocol.

xvi. Travellers from Countries excluding those Countries at risk, will be allowed to leave the airport
and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival. A sub-section (2% of the total flight
passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival.

a. The 2% of such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines
(preferably from different countries).

b. Such travellers shall be escorted by the concerned airlines/MoCA to testing area on
arrival.

c. The cost of testing of such travellers shall be borne by the travellers identified for
random testing themselves.

d. Laboratories shall prioritize testing of samples from such travellers.

e. If such travellers are tested positive, they shall be managed as per laid down standard
protocol and samples would further send for genomic testing.

xvii. 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.

International travellers arriving at seaports/land ports

xviii. International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the
same protocol as above, except that facility for online registration is not available for such
passengers currently.

xix. Such travellers shall submit the self-declaration form to the concerned authorities of
Government of India at seaports/land ports on arrival.

* Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre- and post-arrival testing. However, if
found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during home quarantine period, they shall undergo
testing and treated as per laid down protocol.

# Contacts of the suspect case are the co-passengers seated in the same row, 3 rows in front and 3
rows behind along with identified Cabin Crew. Also, all the community contacts of those travellers
who have tested positive (during home quarantine period) would be subjected to quarantine for 14
days and tested as per ICMR protocol.
List of Countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India,
including post-arrival testing (Countries at-risk)

(Updated as on 30th November 2021)

1. Countries in Europe including The United Kingdom

2. South Africa

3. Brazil

4. Botswana

5. China

6. Mauritius

7. New Zealand

8. Zimbabwe

9. Singapore

10. Hong Kong

11. Israel

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