Planning a trip abroad in the next two weeks? Now, you will have to follow the new guidelines. Due to the surge in the COVID-19 cases in India, the Union Minister has issued new guidelines for international travellers to stop the spread of the deadly virus.  The government’s new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) come into effect from February 22 (Monday). The SOP says that international travellers from the UK, Europe and UAE need to show their travel history.Also Read - Understanding Why Demand For Luxury Holiday Homes is Gaining Traction in India

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-International travellers will have to submit self-declaration (SDF) for Covid on the online Air Suvidha portal before their scheduled travel. Also Read - National Tourism Day 2022: Significance And Trends Emerged During Pandemic

-Travellers will also have to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report on the online portal with a declaration form stating the authenticity of the report.

-The test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey and each passenger will also have to submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report.

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

-All passengers should wear masks throughout the ride, follow social distance standards, and have downloaded the Aarogya Setu app.

– Only asymptomatic patients are allowed to board the flight after the thermal screening.

– Travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently, as per the civil aviation ministry guidelines.

-Airlines should identify the international travellers arriving from/transiting through the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa (during the past 14 days) and segregate them in-flight.

-Tourists arriving from/transiting through flights originating in the United Kingdom, Europe or the Middle East shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry).

– Travellers from Europe and the Middle East shall give samples at the designated area and exit the airport. If the test report is negative, they will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days. If the test report is positive, they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol.

The new guidelines will come into effect from 11.59 pm today and will be in force until further notice.