Last Updated – 17 November 2020
The Indian travel sector has slowly re-invented itself to the new normal. From immunity insurances to contactless travel to open-dated accommodation packages, the Indian tourism industry is taking baby steps to breathe into the new life. Travellers with an itchy foot have already started planning their next vacation and have started to remain up to date with the upcoming travel news and guidelines.
Are you planning to travel to Haryana? Read on to know more about the latest quarantine rules and COVID-19 testing guidelines in Haryana.
Haryana quarantine rules
Both domestic and international passengers arriving at any of the airports in Haryana will be thermally screened. If found symptomatic, they will have to get tested for COVID-19 at their own expense.
With the commercial domestic aviation services restarting in the country, any person from an Indian state can enter Haryana.
Domestic travellers who are asymptomatic will not be quarantined; they will be permitted to go with advice that they will self-monitor their health for 14 days. All passengers are also advised to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones and fill the self-declaration form.
According to the Bureau of Migration, all international passengers travelling to Haryana must mandatorily fill an online self-declaration form at least 72 hours prior to their departure to India. On arrival all passengers are mandated to undergo quarantine for 14 days, consisting of 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days of isolation at home/suitable accommodation with self-monitoring of health.
For compelling reasons or cases of human distress such as pregnancy, death in the family, severe illness and parent(s) with children of the age of 10 years or below, home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days.
Travellers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival. This test should have been conducted within 96 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on the portal for consideration.
A few hotels in Haryana are providing paid institutional quarantine facilities for international travellers. Readers are advised to check with the hotel authority regarding the facilities’ current status to quarantine travellers.
COVID-19 testing facilities and guidelines in Haryana
As sanctioned by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), coronavirus tests in Haryana are of the following types: Real-time RT PCR tests, Rapid Antigen tests, CBNAAT tests, and TrueNat tests.
Along with government medical centres, numerous private labs have been set up following ICMR guidelines to meet the COVID-19 testing demands in Haryana. You can find a list of government and private labs in Haryana from where you can get a COVID test report here. There are an estimated 22 government hospitals/ laboratories and 27 private ones in the state of Haryana doing COVID-19 testing using various diagnostic modalities.
What do you need to know and prepare before getting tested?
You should get tested for COVID-19 if you have one or more of the following clinical symptoms for a prolonged duration: fever, difficulty in breathing, cough, sore throat, running nose, loss of taste or smell, and body pain. It would take anywhere between 3 hours to 2 days for the test results to arrive. Until then, you must isolate yourself to prevent the spread of infection.
It’s recommended to call the toll-free number 1075 or central helpline number +91-11-23978046 for information before going to get tested. In Haryana, you may also call 8558893911, the state helpline number for COVID-19. You could also find a list of individual district COVID helpline numbers in Haryana here.
Please carry your government ID card (Aadhar card/Passport/Voter ID) and proof of your address when you proceed to get tested at any of the laboratories/ hospitals.
In Haryana, you will likely be charged INR 2,400 for CBNAAT test, INR 2,000 fro TruNat test, INR 1,200 for RT-PCR test, INR 650 for Rapid antigen test and INR 250 for IgG based ELISA tests.