Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Friday Credit: Twitter

Guwahati: The Assam government has now changed the home quarantine rules for people traveling via air and has issued a fresh set of guidelines for them as well.

State’s health and family minister Himanta Biswas Sarma while addressing a press meet on Friday announced that to prevent overcrowding in airports, a new website has been launched, named visitassam.org. Using the help of the website, travelers can fill all the necessary forms before travel and the hard or soft copies of the same can be shown to the airport authorities.

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Additionally, according to the new set of guidelines that have been laid down, any person coming via air need not undergo 10 days of mandatory quarantine, if found negative in both RTt-PCR and antigen test. Although the results of the antigen test are delivered immediately one needs to wait for at least three-four days for the RT-PCR.

“However, now they will go for both antigen and RT-PCR tests. If they need the RT-PCR results within 24 hours, they have to pay Rs. 2200. If the result is negative, the person needs not to go for home quarantine. RT-PCR will also be done free of cost. But for that, the persons have to wait for at least three days. Till then, they should remain in the quarantine,” Sarma added.

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Moreover, people who recovered from COVID-19 need not undergo further testing or screening on traveling to and fro from Assam. This is applicable for both passengers traveling via rail or by air. Additionally, the recovered patients who have the ICMR certificate will not have to go for tests after their arrival by flights or trains.

Such people have to submit their COVID-19 positive certificate or hospital certificate. The same can be uploaded on the visitassam.org website. This facility is also applicable to people who travel from other states to Assam.

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