The Centre had already made RT-PCR tests a must for flyers from these designated high-risk countries.
As per the state's revised guidelines, passengers arriving from these nations will be verified for Covid-negative status before being allowed to leave the airport premises. The guidelines further state that if any of the international passengers from these countries are found symptomatic, they shall be immediately isolated and transferred to the designated medical facility (government or private), and samples should be collected and submitted for RT-PCR testing and genome sequencing, if they test positive.
"Other asymptomatic passengers shall leave the airport and self-monitor their health for Covid symptoms and comply with Covid appropriate behaviour (CAB) like wearing of face masks, social distancing, practice respiratory and hand hygiene, etc, and strictly remain under home quarantine for next seven days," the guidelines read.
If they develop symptoms like fever, cough, cold, body ache, loss of taste and smell, diarrhoea and breathing difficulty, they should self-isolate and report to the local surveillance team for testing. In case the genome sequencing report is BF.7 (after seven days) or a new sub variant/variant, then another sample is to be taken for RT-PCR and the person shall follow CAB until the results are known, it further said.