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As India Detects Cases of Omicron Variant, States Issue strict Guidelines For Travellers | Check SOPs Here

The variant has now entered India. The ‘variant of concern’ which the world knows very little about is keeping people on toes as the Central government and various airports released guidelines for international and domestic travellers. The constantly changing guidelines have kept people in the dark and it is creating a lot of confusion.

Currently, more than 273 cases of the Omnicron variant have been detected in 29 countries in the world. To prevent the spread of the variant in the country further, the central government has revised its guidelines from December 1. The government has made it compulsory for international travellers to submit a 14 day’s travel report and a negative RT-PCR report at the Suvidha portal before the journey.


Guidelines by the state governments


  • People travelling from South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe have to go for a 7-day institutional quarantine.
  • They have to go for an RT PCR test immediately on arrival on the 2nd and 7th day of their arrival.
  • If the tests are negative then they have to follow a 7 day home quarantine and if the tests are positive, they will be shifted to a hospital/treatment centre.
  • All the passengers have to tell about the countries they have visited in the past 15 days.



  • The international passengers coming to Karnataka have to undergo an RT-PCR test compulsorily.
  • They have to stay in home quarantine for 7 days.
  • Those who have a negative test report must follow a 7 day home quarantine while those who are negative and symptomatic have to do a COVID 19 test on the 5th day at home. Passengers who are asymptomatic must do a test again on the 7th day.
  • If found positive at the airport, they will be sent to the hospital and treated separately.

Jammu and Kashmir

  • RT PCR of all international passengers will be conducted at the Srinagar airport and the passengers have to follow a 7 day home quarantine for those who have a negative test report.
  • They have to again retest on the 8th day or sooner if they start developing any symptoms.
  • If the report comes negative, they must self-monitor for another week in quarantine.


  • People arriving in Uttarakhand must go under compulsory RT-PCR tests and if they are found symptomatic and positive, they will be quarantined for 14 days.
  • The district authorities have been instructed to test all the frontline workers and healthcare professionals according to the latest ICMR guidelines.
  • The districts are also requested to activate the 24×7 control rooms dedicated to COVID 19.

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