New guidelines for int'l travellers amid worry over COVID-19 variants

New Delhi: The government has issued a fresh set of travel guidelines as two new, highly more infectious strains of coronavirus-- the South African and the Brazilian strains -- have been detected in India.

The new rules apply to all incoming international passengers except those from the U.K, Europe and the Middle East, the health ministry has said.

On Tuesday, the Health Ministry said four people were detected with the South Africa variant of SARS-CoV-2 and one tested positive for the Brazil variant, a first for India.

The number of people who have tested positive for the U.K variant in the country has climbed to 187, officials added.

In a statement, the ministry said that all international travellers will be required to submit a self-declaration form for Covid-19 on online 'Air Suvidha' portal and upload a negative RT-PCR test report conducted 72 hours before the travel.

Passengers from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East will need to declare their travel history of the last 14 days, in addition to the above-stated requirements.

The exception will be for passengers who are travelling because of a death in the family. Asianet Online