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Travelling to India in Covid-19 pandemic – Is it safe to travel to India in Covid-19 pandemic? What precautions do I need to take?
A common question which we are asked frequently is about health issues one can face while travelling to India or whether they should travel at all.
So as a part of Q&A series, today I am going to answer some common questions which are being asked about covid-19 and travel implications to India.
Question. Is travelling to India in Covid-19 pandemic safe?
Answer. Everyone should know that India comes under “Very High Level of Covid19”. So it is advisable not to travel to India as getting the risk of Covid-19 infection is very high. Although the number of covid cases is decreasing in many states still the chances of getting infected are high due to the large population and thus a large number of cases.
Question. What is “Very High Level of Covid19”?
Answer. CDC has actually updated its 3 levels Travel Notice System to 4 levels Travel Notice System. They updated this a week ago on 21st December 2020. The new updated system is:
- Low level of COVID-19 – Level 1
- Moderate level of COVID-19 – Level 2
- High level of COVID-19 – Level 3
- Very high level of COVID-19 – Level 4
These levels are decided on the basis of primary and secondary criteria which further includes incidence rate, the number of hospitalizations, case counts, testing positive rate etc.
For detail information you can read here on the CDC website.
Question. I really want to travel to India and it cannot be avoided. What precautions do I need to take?
Answer. I can understand that you may have a very important commitment due to which you cannot avoid travel. But since you want to travel to India which currently comes under “Very level of COVID-19”, you must follow these guidelines to stay safe
- You must get yourself tested for Covid-19 at least 1-3 days before your trip. If your result comes positive then you can’t and you shouldn’t travel at any cost. After all your life comes first. Even if your tests results are awaiting then you shouldn’t travel.
- Keep wearing your face mask, wash your hands with soap and water frequently whenever you touch any surface. If water and soap aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- keep a distance of 6 feet from your fellow travellers. If you or someone else feels sick, immediately report to concerned health authorities.
- When you are done with your work in India and decided to go back to your country, again get tested for Covid-19 at least 1-3 days prior to travelling.
- If you get in contact with Covid-19 infected person during travel, you should delay your travel and get yourself quarantined. Regularly monitor your health and if you feel some health-related issues then report to the nearest hospital and get yourself tested.
- And finally, After you reach your home country, again get yourself tested after 3-5 days. If you don’t want to get tested then stay at home for at least 10 days. If you feel sick then immediately report to concerned health authorities.
Have a Safe Travelling !!
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