Lakshadweep administrator revises travel restrictions with regard to Omicron

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In view of the news of a new Coronavirus variant Omicron from different parts of the world, the Lakshadweep administration revised the travel restrictions and quarantine norms in the island archipelago on Sunday.

This new variant is reported to have a significantly high number of mutations and therefore has serious public health implications, the government said in an order. Anyone wishing to visit the island archipelago must carry a negative RT-PCR test report received within 48 hours of travel and present it at entry and exit points.

This also applies to crews of mechanized sailing ships and fish collecting boats, it said.

Upon arrival on the islands, visitors must follow COVID-compliant behavior and undergo a three-day mandatory quarantine. This does not apply to those who have taken both doses of the vaccine 14 days prior to their trip.

When traveling between islands, a COVID-19 test result is not required for those vaccinated with two doses 14 days prior to their trip, but those who are partially or not vaccinated will not only need to carry an RT-PCR negative test report with them lead, but also have to undergo a three-day mandatory quarantine.

The other norms are that only fully vaccinated ship crews are allowed shore leave and that a thermal examination of the passengers must be carried out in Kochi and all arrival ports.

“Wearing face masks is an essential preventive measure. In order to enforce this core requirement, any person found in public / at work without wearing a mask will be fined Rs 100 in the first instance and Rs 200 in the second instance of violation, ”the order states.

Deputy collectors or block development officers were instructed to ensure strict enforcement of COVID-19-compliant behavior on all islands at all times, it said.

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