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Omicron: India excludes Bangladesh from its list of ‘at risk’ countries

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 30th November, 2021 01:12:44 PM
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Bangladesh has been removed from a list of "at risk" countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures, including RT-PCR test on self-expenditure, on arrival in India against the backdrop of rising concerns over the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen disclosed the information in a message on Tuesday.

"Due to request, India High Commission has informed that Bangladesh has been removed from the Red List of India," the minister said.

Earlier on Monday, India released a list of “at-risk” countries where Omicron cases have been detected.

Although no Omicron case has been detected in Bangladesh, India added Bangladesh to the list.

The Indian government also released the revised travel guidelines to check spread of the new coronavirus variant.

The rules are meant to contain spread of Omicron variant which has first been detected in South Africa.

As per the new guidelines released by the Indian government, the UK, entire Europe and 10 countries - South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore and Israel - are “at risk”.

The government of India on Friday included Hong Kong, the Special Administrative Region of China, and Israel in the list of countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India.

After a long hiatus of more than 20 months, the government of India on November 26 announced the resumption of scheduled international commercial flights from December 15. Flights are currently under bilateral bubble arrangements with countries.

The revised guidelines for international arrivals in India will come into the effect from December 1 amid the threat of Omicron. Under the revised guidelines, the Centre makes it mandatory for international passengers entering India to submit 14-days travel details and upload negative RT-PCR test report on the Air Suvidha portal before the journey. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey.

As per the Health Ministry's guidelines, travellers from the 'at-risk’ countries will need to take the COVID test post-arrival and wait for results at airports. If tested negative, they'll follow home quarantine for 7 days. Re-test on the 8th day and if negative, further self-monitor for next 7 days.

“Travellers from the countries expect the at-risk countries will be allowed to leave the airports and shall self-monitor health for 14 days' post-arrival. A sub-section (5% of total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airports on arrival,” the guidelines state.

Children under five remain exempted from both pre-and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and treatment as per the laid down protocol.