Sunday, January 24, 2021
Top Stories

Nagaland Govt. issues revised SOPs for travellers entering Nagland

SOP

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 25: Nagaland Government has issued a revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for returnees and travellers entering Nagaland.


According to a notification issued by Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority, Home Department, the decisions for the revised SOP was taken in a meeting of the High Power Committee held on November 5 last. The SOPs will be for the returnees and other travelers entering Nagaland with immediate effect.
As per the SOP, every returnee/inbound traveler has been advised to complete the submission of Self Declaration and Undertaking if opting for home quarantine in advance prior to arrival.
Returnee/traveler who produces a negative report of COVID-19 test done not earlier than 3 days prior to arrival in Nagaland through RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT shall be exempted from quarantine.
The returnee/traveler should carry the soft/hard of the negative test report and produce it whenever asked by the competent authority.
Every returnee or traveler without the negative test report as mentioned above and asymptomatic will undergo quarantine for 10 (ten) days.
The returnee/traveler may either opt for home quarantine or paid quarantine in the designated hotel/lodge.
If the duration of stay of any person entering the State by Air or in self arranged conveyance is less than 48 hours, no advance testing will be required, and he/she will not be required to quarantine. The person concerned before his/her entry should however, install and register on AarogyaSetu, and during the period of stay will follow all the health safety protocols and in case of night-halt in the State will stay in a single room accommodation with attached bathroom.
(Page News Service)

Revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for returnees
and travellers entering Nagaland

In supersession of the SOP issued vide Notification of even number dated 9th September 2020,
and in pursuance to the decision taken by the High Powered Committee in the meeting held on
5th November 2020; the revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the returnees and other

travelers entering the State will be as under with immediate effect:

  1. Designated Points of Entry:

I. As per the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India directive, there should not be any restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit is required for such movements. Therefore, in line with the MHA directive, there shall not be any restriction on the entry of returnees and travelers into the State by flight, train, or road at any entry point except the normal Inner Line Permit (ILP) restrictions, wherever applicable, or any restriction, imposed for the time being, on law and order grounds by the competent authorities.

  • Installation of nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App and AarogyaSetu/ Self Declaration:

1. It is mandatory for every returnee/inbound traveler to install and register in the nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App and AarogyaSetu before entering Nagaland.

NB:

  1. Boththe mobile Apps can be downloaded from Google Play store.
  2. State Helpline 1800 345 0019 may be called for any technical assistance if required.

2. Every returnee/inbound traveler will be required to submit “Self Declaration Form” and for those opting for Home Quarantine the “Undertaking for Home Quarantine”

a. “Self Declaration Form”-can be submitted through either one of the following:

  • nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App for Android Smartphone users or
  • Online at covid19.nagaland.gov.in. or
  • By WhatsApp to the respective district’s helpline number as given in Annexure 4.
  • In hard copy at the office of the respective Chief Medical Officer.
  • The prescribed form of the Self Declaration (Annexure-1) can be downloaded from covid19.nagaland.gov.in.

b. “Undertaking for Home Quarantine”-the duly filled in form can be submitted through either one of the following:

  • nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App for Android Smartphone users or
  • Online at covidl9.nagaland.gov.in or
  • By WhatsApp to the respective district’s helpline number as given in the Annexure 4.
  • In hard copy at the office of the respective Chief Medical Officer.
  • The prescribed form of the Undertaking for Home Quarantine and the Guidelines/Instructions of Home Quarantine (Annexure2 & 3) can be downloaded from covidl9.nagaland.gov.in.
  • Every returnee/inbound traveler is advised to complete the submission of Self Declaration and Undertaking if opting for home quarantine in advance prior to arrival.
  • The returnee/inbound traveler may visit covidl9.nagaland.gov.in for getting updated information with regard paid quarantine facilities and their availability on various dates, DTF/ District Health Helpline phone numbers and their email addresses and other concerned information.
  • At the Point of Entry:

Any returnee traveler if symptomatic on arrival will mandatorily report to the concerned district health authority or the district helpline number (as given in Annexure 4) for further management.

  • Quarantine Norms:
  • Returnee/traveler who produces a negative report of COVID-19 test done not earlier than three (3) days prior to arrival in Nagaland through RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT shall be exempted from quarantine (if the person has to arrive on say Thursday, the swab should have been given for testing not earlier than Monday). The returnee/traveler should carry the soft/hard of the negative test report and produce it whenever asked by the competent authority.
  • Every returnee or traveler without the negative test report as mentioned above and asymptomatic will undergo quarantine for 10 (ten) days.
  • The returnee/traveler may either opt for home quarantine or paid quarantine in the designated hotel/lodge.
  • All persons in quarantine shall follow 3Ws (Wear mask, Wash hands, Watch distance) and avoid 3Cs (Crowded places, Close contact setting & Closed and enclosed spaces).
  • All returnees/travelers shall self-monitor their health for development of any COVID like symptoms- fever, cough, difficulty in breathing etc. and shall update the status in nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App twice daily. In case of development of any of the above mentioned symptoms, they are advised to contact the respective District Health Helpline given at Annexure: 4 or State Helpline 1800 345 0019.
  • The Government Servants entering the State on official tours, or returning after making a tour outside or coming back after availing leave will also be covered by the same quarantining provisions as above.

E. Testing:

1. If the person in quarantine remains asymptomatic throughout the 10 days quarantine period, no testing will be required for release from quarantine.

2. Returnees/travelers who produce a negative report (RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT) of test done not earlier than three (3) days prior to arrival in Nagaland, and remains asymptomatic, will not be tested.

3. Returnees/travelers if symptomatic on arrival, will be immediately tested.

4. Any person who develops symptoms during the course of quarantine will be tested immediately.

5. Persons in quarantine, who are asymptomatic and require or need to be released from quarantine prematurely due to urgent or emergency work may contact district health authority or helpline may request for testing, and if tested negative will be released from quarantine. This test done on request will be charged at the rates fixed by the Government.

6. In addition to the above, COVID-19 Tests shall also be chargeable for the following categories:

  1. All individuals undertaking travel to countries/Indian States mandating a negative COVID-19 test at point of entry.
  2. All individuals who wish to get themselves tested, subject to case load and capacity of the testing centers.
  3. Patient for undergoing Non-COVID treatment in the hospital (e.g. before surgical procedure or aerosol generating procedure, etc).

7. The rate of testing will be fixed by the Government which may be revised from time to time.

8. Any Government Servant undergoing quarantining on entry into the State will also be covered by the same testing provisions as above. Further, the Government servant will also be charged for COVID-19 test at the same rates as fixed for other returnees/travelers, and in case the travel made is for official reasons, the expenses for COVID-19 testing may be claimed for reimbursement by the Government servant from his/her office/department.

9. COVID-19 testing strategy will be revised from time to time as per revisions issued by ICMR and/orState.

F. Release from Quarantine:

  1. On completion of the 10 days quarantine period and the person remaining asymptomatic throughout the period, the person will be released from quarantine without testing. However, the standard precautionary measures- 3Ws and 3Cs should always be followed.
  2. The medical team will issue a “Release Certificate” on fulfillment of above condition with a copy to the District Task Force.

G. Exemptions from quarantine on entry:

1. If the duration of stay of any person entering the State by Air or in self arranged conveyance
is less than 48 hours, no advance testing will be required, and he/she will not be required to
quarantine. The person concerned before his/her entry should however, install and register on

AarogyaSetu, and during the period of stay will follow all the health safety protocols and in case of night-halt in the State will stay in a single room accommodation with attached bathroom.

2. The person entering the State for less than 48 hours, may apply at least I (one) day prior to entry in Nagaland, online at covidl9.nagaland.gov.in or through email/WhatsApp to the DTF of the destination district with all the details. The WhatsApp numbers/email addresses of the DTFs in Annexure 5 (also available on covid19.nagaland.gov.in) may be used for sending the communication. The DTF subject to fulfillment of the criteria for being considered for issue of Inner Line Permit, wherever applicable, will communicate its clearance for exemption from quarantine, through Whatsapp/Email or SMS if applied online, to the person concerned.

3.If the duration of the stay of any person in the State is more than 48 hours, then he/she will be exempted from quarantine on entry in the State, only if he/she has tested negative on RT­PCR/Truenat/CBNAAT not earlier than three (3) days of the proposed arrival date in Nagaland (if the person has to arrive on say Thursday, the swab should have been given for testing not earlier than Monday), The person concerned, further while applying as mentioned in the para above, should attach a soft copy of the RT-PCR/Truenat/CBNAAT negative test report done at his/her current location.

4. Any Government Servant entering the State on an official tour and needing exemption from Quarantine because of unavoidable reasons, will also be covered by similar provisions as above.

5.Any person who goes out of the State by road in self arranged conveyance and returns within 24 hours without night halt, and asymptomatic on arrival at the Point of Entry, will be exempted from quarantine and will carry on with his/her normal routine following all the health safety protocols. The concerned person before commencing the journey should obtain movement permit from the concerned DTF in which the point of exit falls.

6. Any person, including the truckers and attendants of any goods vehicle, transiting the State without halting anywhere is exempted from quarantine. The truckers and attendants of any goods vehicle bound for Nagaland will also be not required to quarantine. All such categories of persons should also always follow 3Ws (Wear mask, Wash hands, Watch distance) and avoid 3Cs (Crowded places, Close contact setting & Closed and enclosed spaces). In case any trucker/attendant has to make a night-halt in the State, they should stay in single room accommodation with attached washroom.

  • Entry of Dignitaries and Senior Government Official and exemption from Quarantine:
  • The Home Department will continue facilitating the entry into the State, and exemption from quarantine, for the Constitutional Authorities/Council of Ministers/Dignitaries as specified by the Home Department, and senior Government officials, broadly in line with the provisions of point G.1/2/3 above.

2. The rate of charges for COVID-19 tests for the above category of persons, wherever applicable, will be the same as fixed for other returnees/travelers, and the expenses for COVID-19 testing will be borne by their respective offices/departments.

Entry of Military/Para Military Personnel:

The respective Military/Para Military formations/units will make own arrangements for their personnel entering Nagaland for reporting for duty at the point of entry, and thereafter for their transportation to their camps/units for undergoing quarantining for 10 days. In case any personnel on entry shows COVID-like symptom, he/she will be subjected to the SOPs/medical protocols of the concerned formation/unit, and wherever required, the forces may take the assistance of the concerned DTF.

  • Any personnel who develop symptoms during the course of quarantine will be tested by Rapid Antigen Test / TrueNat / RT-PCR, and if assistance is required, the concerned DTF may be contacted.
  • If the personnel in quarantine remain asymptomatic throughout the 10 days quarantine period, there will be no testing required, and he may be released from quarantine.
  • In addition, the personnel of Military/Para Military entering Nagaland will continue to be guided as per the provisions of the advisory no. DHFW/COVID-19/2019-20/4074-77 dated 13th July, 2020 issued by the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland, modified to the extent that the Notification no. DHFW/COVID-19/2019-20/1509- 15 dated 5th June, 2020 mentioned therein will be considered as withdrawn.

J. Implementation of the SOP:

I. This SOP will be uniformly implemented throughout the State without any deviation and will not be modified by District Task Force, Urban Local Bodies, Village Authorities or Community-based Organizations.

2. Violator(s) of this SOP will be penalized as per the relevant section of the Disaster Management Act 2005, and the Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations 2020.

error: