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Covid Travel Update: Kerala Issues New Guidelines For International Passengers

Kerala's Health Department announced amended regulations for international travellers arriving in the state on Saturday. Only NRIs and overseas visitors arriving in the state with COVID symptoms will be tested for coronavirus.

Published: February 9, 2022 1:33 PM IST

By Travel Staff | Edited by Tanya Garg

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For international aviation passengers flying into Kerala, the Kerala government has published travel guidelines. Only individuals with COVID symptoms among NRIs and overseas visitors entering Kerala will now be tested for Coronavirus, according to the Kerala Health Department. The revised travel guidelines, according to State Health Minister Veena George, were established based on the advice of an expert panel.

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Take a look at the revised travel guidelines:

  • As per current travel guidelines, all overseas passengers regardless of their stay duration in Kerala are required to undergo self-symptom surveillance.
  • If international visitors to the state are found to be symptomatic, they will be subjected to an RT-PCR test.
  • Random testing of 2% of international passengers arriving by plane, regardless of their country of origin, will be provided free of charge.
  • International travellers should be subjected to home quarantine and must check their own health for a duration of 7 days. They will need to be tested if they develop any symptoms.
  • The Kerala government has made the RT-PCR test mandatory for visitors from Omicron-affected countries.

Meanwhile, the daily COVID-19 infection rate in Kerala continued to fall. According to the state’s health department, there are now 352399 active COVID-19 cases in the state; just 3% of these individuals had to be admitted to hospitals.

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