Omicron Threat In Assam: The Himanta Biswa Sarma-led Assam government has issued fresh guidelines, including mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival for international travellers amid the growing concerns over the new covid variant, Omicron.Also Read - Is Kerala Planning To Impose More Stern Curbs? Govt To Hold Key Meeting on Thursday

The administration has released the fresh standard operating procedure (SOP) that mandates 7-day home quarantine compulsory for those who test negative for the COVID infection. Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta while announcing the new guidelines said that all international travellers arriving in Assam will have to undergo a compulsory RT-PCR test for COVID-19. The children below five years of age having been exempted. Also Read - Haryana Extends Lockdown-like Curbs Till Jan 28, Allows Gyms And Spas to Run At 50% Capacity | Check List of New Guidelines Here

Here are the SOPs issued by the Assam government:

Guwahati:

  • Passengers in possession of final COVID vaccinaon cerficate (two doses complete) shall be exempted from on arrival testing procedures.
  • Rapid Antigen as well as RT-PCR Test available. If Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) found positive, Home isolation allowed only Local authority’s permission /Hospital treatment, negative for COVID 19.
  • If the test result of the RAT test is negative, the passenger will have to undergo RT-PCR at the airport itself. The cost of the RT-PCR test (INR 250) shall be borne by the passenger which is to be collected by State Health Department.
  • Passengers shall be allowed to leave the airport once the sample/swab for RT-PCR test has been collected and with the condition that he/she shall remain under home quarantine the result is declared.
  • If RT-PCR positive, Home isolation with permission/Hospital treatment, negative for COVID 19.
  • If the test result of the RT-PCR test is negative, the passenger can continue his/her advised adhering to COVID-19 Protocol and norms of the state.
  • Children below 10 years of age along with double vaccinated parent(s) guardian(s) coming are exempted from the mandatory COVID-19 testing. However, voluntary paid testing for such children shall be facilitated if the parents/ guardians so desire.

Dibrugarh

  • Passengers in possession of final COVID vaccination certificate (two doses complete) shall be exempted from on arrival testing procedures.
  • Rapid Antigen as well as RT-PCR Test available. If Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) found positive, home isolation allowed only a er Local authority’s permission /Hospital treatment, will negative for COVID 19.
  • If the test result of the RAT test is negative, the passenger will have to undergo RT-PCR at the airport itself. The cost of the RT-PCR test (INR 250) shall be borne by the passenger which is to be collected by State Health Department.
  • Passengers shall be allowed to leave the airport once the sample/swab for RT-PCR test has been collected and with the condition that he/she shall remain under home quarantine until the result is declared.
  • If RT-PCR positive, home isolation with permission/Hospital treatment, will negative for COVID 19.
  • If the test result of the RT-PCR test is negative, the passenger can continue his/her acvies adhering to COVID-19 Protocol and norms of the state.
  • Children below 10 years of age along with double vaccinated parent(s) guardian(s) coming are exempted from the mandatory COVID-19 testings. However, voluntary paid tesng for such children shall be facilitated if the parents/ guardians so desire.

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  • All incoming passenger with two doses of COVID vaccine are exempted from mandatory testings on arrival subject to production of vaccination certificate.
  • All passengers on arrival who were not vaccinated or vaccinated with single dose or symptomatic even with two doses have to undergo mandatory Rapid Antigen / RTPCR testings as subsidies rate of `250 per test.
  • If Rapid Antigen Test found posive, Home isolation allowed only a er Local authority’s permission Hospital treatment, ll negative for COVID 19.
  • If RT-PCR positive, Home isolation/ treatment in COVID Care Centre or hospital, as per protocol.
  • Children below 10 years of age with double vaccinated parents, guardians are exempted from mandatory COVID 19 tests.

Jorhat

  • All incoming passenger with two doses of COVID vaccine are exempted from mandatory testings on arrival subject to production of vaccination certificate. All passengers on arrival who were not vaccinated or vaccinated with single dose or symptomatic even with two doses have to undergo mandatory Rapid Antigen / RTPCR tesng as subsidies rate of Rs.250 per test.
  • If Rapid Antigen Test found posive, Home isolation allowed only a er Local authority’s permission/Hospital treatment, ll negative for COVID 19.
  • If RT-PCR posive, Home isolaon/ treatment in COVID Care Centre or hospital, as per protocol.
  • Children below 10 years of age with double vaccinated parents, guardians are exempted from mandatory COVID 19 tests.

Lilabari

  • District civil hospital is taking Rapid Antigen test at Airport.
  • All incoming passengers, who have been vaccinated with two doses of COVID19 vaccines and possess such certificate, on production of the same in front of screening Authority, shall be exempted from mandatory tesng on arrival at Airports.
  • Passengers who are vaccinated with a single dose or not vaccinated and those who are symptomatic even with two doses of vaccinaon shall have to undergo mandatory RAT & RT-PCR testings at their own cost on arrival.
  • Testings will be done at a subsidized rate of `250/- only per RT-PCR test shall be charged. If the RAT result is positive the passenger will send for 10 days’ institutional quarantine.
  • Children below 10 years of age along with double vaccinated parent(s) guardian(s) coming are exempted from the mandatory COVID-19 tesng. However, voluntary paid testings for such children shall be facilitated if the parents/ guardians so desire.
  • If Rapid Antigen Test found positive, Home isolation allowed only a er Local authority’s permission/Hospital treatment, ll negative for COVID 19.

Silchar

  • All incoming passengers, who have been vaccinated with two doses of COVID19 vaccines and possess such cerficate, on producon of the same in front of screening Authority, shall be exempted from mandatory tesng on arrival at Airports.
  • Passengers who are vaccinated with a single dose or not vaccinated and those who are symptomatic even with two doses of vaccination shall have to undergo mandatory RAT &  RT-PCR testings at their own cost on arrival.
  • Testings will be done at Tikal Model Hospital, for which a subsidized rate of 250/- only per RT-PCT test shall be charged. If the RAT result is posive the passenger will send for 10 days’ institutional quarantine.
  • Children below 10 years of age along with double vaccinated parent(s) guardian(s) coming to Silchar are exempted from the mandatory COVID-19 testings. However, voluntary paid tesng for such children shall be facilitated if the parents/ guardians so desire.
  • If Rapid Antigen Test found posive, Home isolaon allowed only a er Local authority’s permission/Hospital treatment, ll negave for COVID 19.

RUPSI

  • All passengers on arrival who were not vaccinated or vaccinated with single dose or symptomatic even with two doses have to undergo mandatory Rapid Antigen / RTPCR testings as subsidies rate of 250 per test.
  • If Rapid Antigen Test found posive, Home isolaon allowed only a er Local authority’s permission /Hospital treatment, ll negative for COVID 19.
  • If RT-PCR positive, Home isolation/ treatment in COVID Care Centre or hospital, as per protocol.
  • All incoming passenger with two doses of COVID vaccine are exempted from mandatory testings on arrival subject to production of vaccination certificate.
  • Children below 10 years of age with double vaccinated parents, guardians are exempted from mandatory COVID 19 tests.

However, if any child below five years of age coming from any foreign country is found to have symptoms of the deadly contagious virus, a test will have to be conducted.

The travellers who would test positive for coronavirus infection will have to adher to teh rules formulated by the Assam government and their samples would be sent for genome sequencing to determine the COVID variant, Mahanta further informed.

The statement issued by the Assam government said that the international travellers, who test negative on arrival, will compulsorily have to undergo seven-day home quarantine.