September 25, 2022

Travelling to Karnataka and Bangalore and Quarantine rules
The variety of COVID circumstances in Bengaluru have spiked with the arrival of inter-state and inter-district travellers. Pic Credit score: Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru

Final week, the Division of Well being and Household Welfare Providers launched new Customary Working Procedures (SOPs) for travellers coming into Karnataka. The brand new SOPs supply many relaxations, notably for inter-state and inter-district travellers.

Inter-district travellers now not should be screened on the level of entry and don’t must bear institutional quarantine, whereas inter-state travellers have been given a approach out of it.

Listed below are the brand new guidelines for travelling to Karnataka throughout Lockdown 4.0:

Inter-District Journey

Class Quarantine Testing
Class 1 (Symptomatic) * Screened at level of origin (bus station, railway station)
* Symptomatic passengers will likely be referred to fever clinics
Determined at fever clinic
Class 2 (Asymptomatic) *Screened at level of origin
*Asymptomatic passengers allowed to journey
*No screening for these travelling by personal automobile inside Karnataka
*No quarantine
Not Required

Since KSRTC buses grew to become operational on Could 19, most relaxations have been seen in inter-district journey. On Could 21, the federal government launched a round taking a step additional in the identical path.

It introduced that there aren’t any inter-district check-posts for screening within the state and that screening will likely be finished on the level of origin itself (bus stops, railway stations). All passengers who’re asymptomatic are allowed to journey, whereas symptomatic passengers are referred to fever clinics.

The federal government additionally stated that these travelling in personal autos don’t have to undergo any form of screening. The round got here after the federal government had already introduced that there could be no want for a go to journey throughout the state.

Screening: Passengers are screened at KSRTC bus stops or railway stations for public transport. No screening is required when travelling by personal transport.

Testing and Quarantine: Symptomatic (class 1) travellers are despatched to fever clinics for evaluation and aren’t allowed to journey. All asymptomatic (class 2) travellers are allowed to journey, with out the necessity for quarantine or testing.

Inter-State Journey

[Find new additions/changes in rules at the end of this section, highlighted in pink]

Class Quarantine Testing
Class 1 (Symptomatic) *Screened at border check-post on arrival
*Despatched to DCHC for testing and isolation
*14-day Institutional Quarantine
Examined Three Instances

If constructive – despatched to DCH
If detrimental – institutional quarantine at CCC/DCHC
*5-7 days:
If detrimental – proceed institutional quarantine
*12-14 days:
Launched provided that detrimental on third check

Class 2 (Asymptomatic) *Screened at border check-post on arrival
*Excessive Threat States: 7 days of institutional quarantine and seven days of house quarantine
*Low Threat States: 14-day house quarantine
Examined Between 5-7 days of arrival

*Excessive Prevalence States:
If detrimental – despatched for 7-day house quarantine after 7-day institutional quarantine
*Exempted Individuals-
Examined once more between 12-14 days

Abbr: DCH – Devoted COVID Hospitals; DCHC – Designated COVID Heathcare Centres; CCC – Covid Care Centres (Motels/Hostels)

Seva Sindhu Purposes: In keeping with the most recent Customary Working Procedures (SOP) for inter-state journey launched on Could 22, each inter-state returnee has to acquire an e-Move obtained from Seva Sindhu.

Candidates are knowledgeable through SMS and voice messages about approval and date of arrival. It’s obligatory to supply e-Move on the Border Test Put up.

The next sections of persons are given precedence on Seva Sindhu:

  • These returning to the state because of loss of life within the household
  • These dealing with medical emergency/terminal sickness
  • Pregnant girls/aged individuals
  • Migrant employees/labourers who’ve been laid off
  • College students whose instructional establishments/hostels have been closed
  • Stranded vacationers/pilgrims
  • Worldwide travellers arriving at airports exterior Karnataka.

Quarantine and Testing: In mild of lockdown 4.0 relaxations, the brand new guidelines embrace a provision for inter-state travellers to bypass the necessity for institutional quarantine. In addition they distinguish between asymptomatic (category-2) travellers from low and high-risk states.

All inter-state travellers who’ve returned to Karnataka since Could 4 will likely be examined between days 5 and seven of their arrival.

Symptomatic travellers are examined on arrival and despatched to Designated Covid Hospitals (DCH) if constructive. If detrimental, they’re despatched for 7-days of institutional quarantine, the place they’re examined once more between 5-7 days.

Even when the second check returns detrimental, they must proceed institutional quarantine for an additional 7 days. They’re launched provided that the third check (days 12-14) returns detrimental.

Excessive Threat States (as on Could 22): Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh

Asymptomatic travellers from high-risk states are despatched for 7-days of institutional quarantine. If their check comes out detrimental, they’re launched into 7-days of house quarantine after that.

Alternatively, travellers from low-risk areas are despatched into 14 days of house quarantine.

Bypassing Institutional Quarantine: Inter-state travellers who get a detrimental Covid Take a look at Certificates from an ICMR authorised lab, which isn’t greater than 2 days previous could be exempted from institutional quarantine. As a substitute, they’re despatched to 14-days of house quarantine.

Exemptions: Amongst returnees from high-risk areas, there are exemptions for pregnant girls, the aged (over 80 years of age), individuals affected by terminal diseases, youngsters beneath 10 years of age and one attender in every case. They are going to bear 14-days of house quaranine as an alternative if their check result’s detrimental.

Businessmen may also bypass quarantine if they convey a detrimental COVID check with them (carried out no more than 2 days earlier). In case they don’t have a check report, they’re despatched to paid institutional quarantine in government-approved inns, the place they’re examined. After a detrimental consequence, they’re allowed to do their work and return. If their go to is longer than 5 days, they must go to a fever clinic to get an extension of one other 5 days.

Medical personnel, airline crew, protection, para-military, railways, DRDO, ISRO and PSU officers, union and state ministers even have particular exemptions.

House Quarantine: Solely Asymptomatic (Class 2) passengers from low-risk states and exempted classes are allowed 14-days of house quarantine.


On July 6, Karnataka authorities modified inter-state journey guidelines but once more. As per the July 6 order, quarantine guidelines at the moment are uniform for inter-state travellers coming from all states (whereas there have been separate guidelines for travellers from Maharashtra earlier).

Following are the up to date guidelines:

Asymptomatic travellers (Any State): 14-day house quarantine. Institutional quarantine solely in case of enormous household or if house quarantine shouldn’t be potential.

Symptomatic travellers (Any State): Seven days of hospital isolation at Covid Care Centre (CCC). Examined instantly on arrival. Shifted to COVID Hospital if constructive.

Enterprise/Quick-term travellers: They’ve to indicate confirmed return flight/prepare tickets which can be inside seven days from the date of arrival. Exempted from institutional quarantine and testing provided that they’ve a two-day previous check report or in the event that they’re staying for lower than 48 hours.

Testing: Symptomatic travellers will likely be examined on arrival itself. Those that develop signs later, whereas in quarantine, will likely be examined too.

Seva Sindhu: Registration on the Seva Sindhu portal remains to be necessary for all travellers coming to or passing by way of the state. As well as, the state authorities has additionally made it necessary for all airways, railways and street transport firms to make sure that their passengers have registered on the portal.

Worldwide Journey

Class Quarantine Testing
Class 1 (Symptomatic) *Screened upon arrival at airport
*Despatched to DCHC for testing and isolation
*14-day institutional quarantine at CCC , adopted by 14 day self reporting interval
Examined twice – as soon as on arrival after which on 14th day

If detrimental – despatched for institutional quarantine at CCCs (resort/hostel)
*12-14 days:
If detrimental – launched
If constructive – despatched to DCH for remedy and isolation

Class 2 (Asymptomatic) *Screened upon arrival
*Despatched to CCC with particular person accomodation
*14-day Institutional quarantine at CCC, adopted by 14-day self reporting interval
Examined twice – as soon as on arrival after which on 14th day

If detrimental, despatched for institutional quarantine at CCCs (resort/hostel)
*12-14 days:
If detrimental – launched
If constructive – despatched to DCH for remedy and isolation

Abbr: DCH – Devoted COVID Hospitals; DCHC – Designated COVID Heathcare Centres; CCC – Covid Care Centres (Paid Motels/Hostels)

The SOPs for worldwide travellers had been revised on Could 21. Whereas they don’t point out the necessity for registering on Seva Sindhu, the portal has a bit for worldwide journey.

Screening: All travellers at factors of entry (airports and seaports) are screened for signs, as in case of home travellers.

The screening course of entails a self-reported kind, thermal scanning, pulse oximeter studying (to examine oxygen saturation in blood), stamping, checking of medical historical past and categorisation. Travellers are additionally required to obtain the three Covid apps.

Testing and Quarantine: All worldwide travellers are subjected to 14 days of institutional quarantine in COVID Care Centres (CCC – paid inns/hostels).

All worldwide travellers are examined twice – as soon as instantly on arrival and once more between the twelfth and 14th day.

Worldwide travellers will solely be launched if each exams return detrimental, after which a 14-day self-reporting interval will observe. Institutional quarantine will proceed even when the primary check is detrimental.

Travellers whose check outcomes come again constructive are despatched to Devoted COVID Hospitals for remedy.

Exemptions: On Could 21, the federal government revised the SOPs for worldwide travellers to supply relaxations to sure teams of individuals. ‘One attender’ was added to the present record of exempted individuals. It excuses institutional quarantine for:

  • pregnant girls
  • youngsters beneath 10 years of age
  • senior residents over 80, and
  • terminally-ill sufferers (most cancers, persistent kidney illness, and so on.)
  • one attender in every case

House Quarantine: Solely exempted asymptomatic (Class 2) passengers are allowed house quarantine if their first check on arrival is detrimental.

Common House Quarantine Guidelines: Whereas there are variations in guidelines for travellers from totally different sources, comparable pointers for house quarantine apply to all.

House quarantined passengers are stamped and a sticker is positioned on the door of their houses. Neighbours and native RWAs are knowledgeable and quarantined passengers are monitored by well being workers and through follow-up calls.

Passengers are additionally anticipated to obtain three apps – Aarogya Setu, Quarantine Watch (for self-reporting) and Apthamitra (survey of signs).

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