Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala state will have new mandatory quarantine stipulations for international travellers from Monday, on the basis of Union Health Ministry guidelines, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said in a statement. She said, said that all international travellers irrespective of their vaccination status will have to take RT-PCR tests on reaching the airports in the state.
According to the new guidelines, Travellers from UK will have to undergo ten-day quarantine at home or destination address, Passengers from South Africa, Brazil, and Europe will have to undergo a seven-day quarantine mandatorily on arrival. Travellers from other countries will have to undergo self-monitoring for 14 days if they test negative in RT- PCR test. Samples of passengers from countries like Botswana, the UK, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, European nations, of the Middle East, Bangladesh, China, Mauritius, and Zimbabwe will be sent for virus mutation tests.
The Health Minister also said that three RT- PCR tests are required for an international passenger to the state - One prior to 72 hours of the journey, the second on arrival at an airport in the state, and the third eight days after arriving in the state. The Centre had ordered 10-day mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving from the UK after it imposed such a quarantine measure for Indian visitors.