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A new set of guidelines has been issued for air travel to Northeast India. A list of travel
measures like quick antigen tests, quarantine measures as well as self monitoring guidelines
were posted on the official Twitter handle of the Airports Authority of India on October 19.
Passengers who wish to visit the Northeast for a duration of less than 72 hours will not be
affected by this update. However, those landing for a long term stay, i.e. more than 72 hours, will have to mandatorily observe a quarantine minimum of 10 days.
The Northeastern state governments have also issued a separate set of guidelines for travel specific to their respective state.
Latest Quarantine Guidelines for Air Travellers entering through various Airport in #NorthEast States in India.— Airports North-East Region RED (@aairedner) October 19, 2020
(Pls keep checking State Govt. websites for any updates)#Covid_19 #CoronaVirusUpdates #Quarantine pic.twitter.com/meODWtYLyJ
COVID tests have been mandated for domestic as well as international tourists by Assam. A provision of a free test which would be sponsored by the government has been provided. The result for this test could take about five days and the tourist will have to remain in isolation till a result is obtained.
A faster option is to pay a sum of Rs 2,200 to conduct a test through an agency which will provide the result within 24 hours. Those found to be COVID-positive will be moved to a medical facility for further treatment.
Tripura, on the other hand, has relaxed travel rules. Quarantine is not mandatory upon arrival in the state. Instead, tourists are advised to monitor their health for symptoms. Passengers who have a history of international travel within a duration of 28 days prior to arrival in the state will be tested and kept in an isolation center till a COVID-negative result is obtained.
Due to the vast differences regarding travel guidelines in the Northeast, travellers are advised to read the state-specific COVID rules before they reach their destination.
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