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Kohima: With a coronavirus-induced ‘lockdown’ beginning on Friday, the Nagaland government has issued revised standard operating procedure (SOP) for returnees and travellers entering the state.

Here’s all that you need to know to enter Nagaland:

  1. Screening test at all entry points:

All the returnees and travellers entering the Nagaland must undergo COVID-19 screening tests at the government assigned points of entry (PoE). The PoE include: Dimapur Airport, Dimapur Railway Station, Dimapur- New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate, Kohima- Khuzama, Mokokchung- Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mon- Naginimora and Tizit, Wokha- Bhandari, Phek-Lanye Junction and Akash Bridge.

  1. COVID-19 negative report or vaccination completion certificate:

Every traveller/returnee is required to produce a negative COVID-19 test report or COVID-19 vaccination completion certificate (both the doses should have been taken) at the PoE. As per the new guidelines, negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) report irrespective of time of testing or vaccination of one dose only shall not be accepted.

Returnees/travelers must have negative COVID-19 test report by RT-PCR/ Truenat/ CBNAAT, done at ICMR approved labs and hospitals and not earlier than 72 hours prior to entry into the state. The returnee/inbound traveller must produce in soft or hard copy the COVID-19 test report or SMS generated from ICMR portal showing SRF ID and the test result.

COVID-19 vaccination completion certificate in soft or hard copy or SMS from AX-NHPSMS showing successful administration of second dose can be produced.

All returnees and inbound travelers are to furnish an undertaking/declaration at the PoE, undergo either paid quarantine or home quarantine for a mandatory period of seven days, in observance of all COVID-19 appropriate behavior and norms at all times. Asymptotic persons in quarantine who need to be released from quarantine prematurely due to urgent or emergency work may contact the District Task Force (DTF) for testing on the fourth day of the arrival or later, on payment basis as per the government approved rate, and be released from quarantine if tested negative.

  1. For returnees who are residents of Nagaland:

Returnee/traveler who is a resident of Nagaland arrive without a negative COVID-19 test report or COVID-19 vaccination completion certificate must mandatorily undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at the PoE on payment.

If the RAT test is positive, the traveller will undergo home isolation or get admitted in private hospital or government health institution depending upon the patient’s medical condition. If the RAT is negative, the returnee/traveller will have to undergo RT-PCR/ Truenat/CBNAAT COVID-19 test on payment basis.

After the collection of the swab sample, the traveller will be allowed to leave the PoE premises subject to mandatory quarantine and observation of COVID-19 appropriate behavior and norms at all times.

If the RT-PCR/ Truenat/ CBNAAT test is positive, the traveller will undergo home isolation or get admitted in private hospital or government health institution depending upon the medical condition. If the RT-PCR/ Truenat/ CBNAAT test is negative, the traveller will continue self-isolation till completion of the mandatory quarantine of seven days.

  1. For non-residents of Nagaland:

In case of a resident of any Northeast (NE) state other than Nagaland, who arrives in Nagaland by road/ air/ train, and is a transit passenger and directly travelling onwards to any other NE state, the person concerned should have a negative COVID-19 test result through RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT, or COVID-19 vaccination completion certificate, and should also satisfy the requirements of the SOP of the final destination state, failing which, the person concerned will not be allowed to enter the state.

Further, the person concerned should be asymptomatic and must produce ticket for the onward journey or proof of self arranged vehicle, and proof of address in the other state, while observing COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and norms at all times.

In case of any person who cannot undertake onward journey, or is unable to go back because of non-fulfillment of the requirements of the SOP as mentioned above, he/she shall be required to undergo mandatory quarantine in a paid facility.

  1. Symptomatic returnees/travelers:

Any returnee/inbound traveller found to be symptomatic on arrival, even if he/she possesses negative COVID-19 test report or COVID-19 vaccination completion certificate shall be immediately tested on payment basis.

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  1. No exemption from negative test report/vaccination certificate:

There will be no exemptions from the requirement of having negative test report/ COVID-19 vaccination certificate or from quarantining/self isolation, in case of any person entering Nagaland, and all the earlier exemptions in this connection are hereby withdrawn.

  1. For dignitaries/senior government officials:

In case of dignitaries and senior government officials entering the state, the home department, as required, will provide necessary facilitation and make arrangements for their COVID-19 testing after entry.

  1. For officers/ staff/ personnel of military/ paramilitary:

For the officers/ staff/ personnel of military/ paramilitary entering the state, the respective units will make arrangements at the PoE for transportation of their staff/personnel to their respective camps/units, for testing for COVID-19 on RT-PCR/ TrueNat/ CBNAAT and for quarantining for seven days.

  1. Role of village councils/urban local bodies:

Under the supervision of the District Task Force (DTF), the village councils/urban local bodies are to identify any inter-state traveller arriving in their respective jurisdictions; inform such persons to immediately report to the DTF and to remain in self-isolation while in quarantine; and monitor any breach of quarantine norms or COVID-19 appropriate behaviour by the person concerned and immediately bring to the notice of the local administrative officer/DTF for taking suitable action.

  1. The SOP is to be uniformly implemented throughout the state without any deviation and shall not be diluted by district task force, urban local bodies, village authorities or community-based organisations.

Any person violating the instructions in the SOP will be liable to be prosecuted against as per the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions, as applicable.

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