Following months of lockdown, the Indian government has taken various measures to restart travelling in the country. However, health concerns continue to underline this move. Therefore, every state government is free to follow different quarantine guidelines with respect to their on-ground situation. Here is a capsule of each of these travel-related quarantine rules. By Bayar Jain

General Guidelines (as on July 7)

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has released a set of guidelines to be followed irrespective of the destination state. Every State and Union Territory has to ensure thermal screening of all the passengers prior to the departure, wherein the symptomatic passengers will be shifted out and only asymptomatic ones would be allowed to carry on with their journey. The release also advises the use of the Aarogya Setu app by all passengers, mandatory use of face masks or covers throughout the journey, hygienic practices, and social distancing at all points. Railways, airports, and bus terminals, too, have to be routinely sanitised and disinfected.

In case of international passengers entering India, passengers will additionally have to submit a self-declaration form to be given to the Health and Immigration officials present at the airports, seaports, or land ports, states another list of guidelines issued by the MoHFW. This will be in addition to the guidelines issued for domestic travellers.

State-wise Guidelines (as on July 7)

Andaman and Nicobar islands

As per a release issued on their website by the Union Territory Disaster Management Committee Executive, anyone entering the islands – irrespective of the mode – has to mandatorily undertake a 14-day home quarantine.

Andhra Pradesh 

 

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A report by The Times of India states that people travelling to Andhra Pradesh require an e-pass issued by the Spandana portal. This, however, is restricted to students, pilgrims, and migrant labours under acute distress as per the portal. The portal further states that symptomatic passengers will have to undertake a mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine, post which the period could be extended basis retest results. If found negative, the passenger has to undertake home quarantine for an additional seven days. However, all travellers from high incidence areas like Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh will be institutionally quarantined irrespective of COVID-19 results.

Assam

Asymptomatic passengers arriving by flight to Assam will have to undergo a combination of institutional and home-quarantine for 14 days according to a release by the state government. Additionally, the state will also run payment-based bus services from the airport four times a day to facilitate passengers to their final destinations. Those who wish to make use of authorised taxis or private vehicles will have to submit an undertaking of the same to the district administrations. Pregnant women, elderly persons above 75 years, persons attending the funeral of immediate relation, children under the age of 10, immediate relatives of hospitalised patients, and passengers with pre-existing health conditions are exempt from institutional quarantine. However, 14-day home quarantine must be followed.

Bihar

A letter available on State Health Society, Bihar’s website states that the guidelines issued by the MoHFW remain valid in their state as well. Additionally, a report by The Indian Express, mentions that migrants returning to the state are not required register or quarantine themselves. Thermal screening at railway station have also reportedly been discontinued. 

Chandigarh

A form is available on the official website of the Chandigarh administration which must be filed prior to entering the state domestically. Moreover, another release makes it mandatory for foreign returnees to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine at an approved facility on payment basis, post that quarantine could be extended basis retest results. Family members are barred from receiving foreign passengers at the airport. Instead, an authorised transport on payment basis has been provided by the government. A follow-up released by the UT’s health department further adds that travellers returning from abroad have to mandatorily sign an undertaking prior to boarding, stating that  they would complete their total 14 quarantine period, with the latter seven days being home-quarantine. With regards to domestic travel, an order has been released which makes it compulsory for travellers coming from beyond the tri-city and staying for more than three days to register themselves on the UT’s administration website. If a resident of the city is hosting a returnee, they, too, must submit their details on the same website. Asymptomatic passengers are required to home-quarantine for 14 days while symptomatic passengers will be shifted to clinical facilities depending upon severity.

Delhi

 

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The Delhi government has made it mandatory for asymptomatic passengers arriving in the state to home-quarantine for seven days, as per a release by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). International passengers will have to undertake a week-long institutional quarantine at governmental facilities (for free) or at designated hotels (paid). As per a report by BBC, travellers showing mild to severe symptoms of the virus will be admitted to a COVID-19 facility.

Goa

A report by ANI states that tourists are allowed to visit the state, however, only if they produce a COVID-19 negative test report within the stipulated 48 hours. If they don’t have a test report, their testing would be conducted by the state, post which they will have to self-isolate till the negative reports return. In case the passenger tests positive, an option would be given to get treated in Goa itself or return to their home state. As per a list of guidelines issued by the state government, all incoming passengers will be required to undergo thermal screening upon entering.

Gujarat

Apart from the general guidelines by the centre, Gujarat only requires passengers arriving in Surat to fill a self-declaration form, available on the city’s website,  before entering the city.

Haryana

Only the guidelines issued by the MoHFW have to be followed, and no additional protocols have been issued by the state government yet.

Himachal Pradesh

 

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A release by the state’s National Health Mission, passengers require a pass to enter the state, and if found to be asymptomatic and visiting for a short duration (less than 48 hours), would be exempted from quarantine. However, all inter-state travellers have to mandatorily undergo a 14-day quarantine, which could be extended upon assessment. An additional 14-day surveillance period is also mandatory. If any influenza or flu-like symptoms are found, the District Surveillance Officer must be informed. Institutional quarantine is a must for passengers arriving from high-incidence areas (Mumbai, parts of Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Thane, Pune, Kolkata, and more), and shall be tested a week after arriving. If tested negative, they will be sent home for further home quarantine with daily surveillance.

Jammu and Kashmir

According to a report by DNA, inbound travellers to this state have to undergo a compulsory COVID-19 test and 14-day administrative quarantine after the test reports are released. This is to be followed irrespective of the mode of transport used to enter Jammu and Kashmir.

Jharkhand

A 14-day home-quarantine has been made mandatory for passengers arriving at Jharkhand states a report by The Hindustan Times. To ensure this, Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi has been requested to maintain a list of the arriving passengers along with details, which must be shared with the state transport department.

Karnataka

 

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A release issued by the state’s Department of Health & Family Welfare has made it mandatory to self-register on Seva Sindhu Portal before entering, irrespective of whether they are transit passengers. While symptomatic passengers have to compulsorily stay in isolated wards of hospitals, others have to observe a 14-day home quarantine. Another release states that those arriving from Maharashtra – symptomatic and asymptomatic, both – will be mandatorily quarantined institutionally for seven days followed by a seven day home quarantine. People arriving from Delhi and Tamil Nadu will be required to institutionally quarantine for three days, followed by 11 days of further quarantine at home, as per the release. It further states that any other passenger will be required to home-quarantine for 14 days. However, special category asymptomatic persons are exempted. Business travellers arriving for less than 48 hours with a confirmed return ticket will not be quarantined or tested either. Those staying longer than 48 hours but less than a week will have to undertake the COVID-19 test or present a negative ICMR report taken in less than 48 hours prior to the arrival.

Kerala

Travellers arriving in Kerala need to register themselves on the covid19jagratha portal and obtain an e-pass, states an advisory by the Kerala Government. A 14-day home quarantine is a must for passengers arriving for a long stay. On the other hand, those visiting for seven days or less are exempted. The advisory further states that students who visit the state for exams or academic related purposes can stay for a period of three days before the start of exam and three days after the exam is over.

Madhya Pradesh

According to a story by ANI, a 14-day quarantine – divided equally between paid institutional quarantine and home quarantine – is a must for international travellers arriving in the state. Those displaying severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated health facilities. Domestic passengers will be quarantined only if they are symptomatic.

Manipur

 

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Asymptomatic passengers arriving in Manipur will have to undertake a 14-day home quarantine as per a report by The Indian Express. Symptomatic passengers, on the other hand, will be shifted and sent to isolation wards for treatment. Additionally, all people entering the state have to install the QuarMon App on their phone, wherein those who are home quarantined have to upload a selfie every two hours, apart from following the guidelines on the app.

Maharashtra

A report by The New Indian Express details a Standard Operating Procedure, reportedly issued by the Maharashtra state government. As per this report, a 14-day home quarantine has been made mandatory for people entering the state. Arriving passengers will also have to submit a self-declaration form regarding their health. People arriving for a short duration with a confirmed return ticket, however, are exempted.

Meghalaya

Stranded citizens wishing to return to Meghalaya have to submit a self-declaration form before entering the state, according to a release by the Government of Meghalaya. A report by UNI states that those entering the Meghalaya have to undergo temperature screenings, rapid tests, and RT PCR if they’re entering from a high-risk zone.

Mizoram

Apart from the central government guidelines, people entering Mizoram must obtain an e-pass from the state’s COVID-19 dedicated website. Those clearing rapid antibody tests, as per a report by The Hindu, are allowed to practice home quarantine.

Nagaland

 

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As per a release on the state’s Department of Information and Public Relations’ website, all people entering Nagaland will have to mandatorily undertake 14-days of institutional quarantine, followed by 14-days of home-quarantine. Elderly above the age of 60, children below the age of 10, and pregnant women will be screened and sent to home-quarantine for 28 days.

Odisha

Those entering Odisha from outside the state will have to obtain an e-pass as per Odisha’s dedicated COVID-19 portal. As per the same portal, a 14-day quarantine is mandatory for anyone entering the eastern state. Should you wish to enter the state by road, the vehicle must be registered and a dedicated travel pass should be obtained before undertaking the journey.

Punjab

A release issued by the state makes it mandatory for international passengers to handover self-declaration form to state officials and stay at institutional quarantine centres for a minimum of seven days, post which – upon testing negative – they will have to undertake another seven days of home quarantine. Positive or symptomatic domestic travellers will be moved to health centres, whereas those tested negative or asymptomatic will have to practice home-quarantine for 14 days and submit an undertaking of the same. Frequent interstate travellers, such as MP, MLAs, journalists, transporters, doctors, traders, etc. are exempt from all forms of quarantine but will have to obtain a pass from deputy commissioners. As per another release by the state, those who report to be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic after testing will be allowed to home isolate, should they fit into the various eligibility guidelines. The isolation will be considered over after 17 days, provided no fever has been reported for 10 days.

Rajasthan

 

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Intrastate travellers to Rajasthan are not required to mandatorily quarantine for 14 days, according to a report by India Today

Tamil Nadu

A release by the Tamil Nadu government makes it compulsory for all passengers to obtain a TNepass, available on their pass online portal. Those entering from Gujarat, Delhi, and Maharashtra will be tested irrespective of symptoms and home-quarantined for 14 days, while only symptomatic passengers from other states will be tested, and home-quarantined for 14 days only upon displaying symptoms. Asymptomatic passengers must follow a seven-day home quarantine.

Telangana

According to a report by IndiaTV Newsasymptomatic passengers arriving in the state are exempt from quarantine, and only need to self-monitor their health for 14 days. Those showing symptoms, however, will be quarantined and observed.

Tripura

As per a report by North East Now, the state government will compulsorily test all those who arrive from Mumbai. Moreover, institutional quarantine is a must for all arrivals until COVID-19 test results are obtained.

Uttarakhand

 

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As per a report by The Hindustan Times, the Uttarakhand government has relaxed quarantine norms, and only passengers incoming from high load COVID-19 infected cities – irrespective of the mode of travel – will have to undergo a period of 14-days quarantine, divided equally between institutional and home. The report further states that all inbound asymptomatic persons travelling for a short visit (up to seven days) for compelling reasons are exempt from quarantine. While everyone is free to enter the state, the report highlights that registration on the web portal is mandatory.

Uttar Pradesh

A report by The Times of India suggests that all passengers returning to Uttar Pradesh will have to observe a 14-day home quarantine, while those visiting for official purposes will be exempted. Those arriving by air have to register themselves online, post which they would be allowed to exit the airport grounds. Short duration visitors (visiting for less than seven days) are exempt from quarantine.

West Bengal

According to The Financial Times, a 14-day quarantine is mandatory for all incoming passengers arriving in West Bengal. Those displaying severe symptoms will be shifted to the state’s health facilities.

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