Nagaland: Government issues Revised SOPs for returnees and travellers

Police stops vehicles entering Nagaland for screening at the Newfield check gate along the Assam-Nagaland border, Dimapur in March. The Nagaland Government on September 9 issued a revised set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for returnees and travellers entering Nagaland, in supersession of all other SOPs issued earlier. (Morung File Photo)
Police stops vehicles entering Nagaland for screening at the Newfield check gate along the Assam-Nagaland border, Dimapur in March. The Nagaland Government on September 9 issued a revised set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for returnees and travellers entering Nagaland, in supersession of all other SOPs issued earlier. (Morung File Photo)

Kohima, September 9 (MExN): The Nagaland Government on Wednesday issued a revised set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for returnees and travellers entering Nagaland, in supersession of all other SOPs issued earlier.

The decision to revise the SOP was announced following a meeting of the High Powered Committee on September 7.

According to the new guidelines, the designated points of entry for any returnee/traveler, subject to normal Inner Line Permit (ILP) restrictions wherever applicable, will be by train, air or by road through New Field Check Gate and Dillai Gate in Dimapur; through Khuzama in Kohima district by road, through Tsutapela and Watiyongpang in Mokokchung district by road, through Naginimora and Tizit in Mon district by Road, and through Bhandari in Wokha district by road.

In addition to the existing provisions of quarantine - institutional or paid, every person entering Nagaland will be given the option for home quarantine if he/she is asymptomatic, and on his/her submitting an undertaking that he/she has a single room with attached washroom or a washroom conveniently located.

Home quarantine will be allowed at only those locations in the state which has testing facility for COVID-19.

Those entering Nagaland will have to register on nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App and also on Aarogya Setu app,  and  provide his/her details as well as the undertaking online on nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App or on the portal covid-19.nagaland.gov.in or fill up the hard copy of the form/undertaking at the point of entry.

The duration of Home Quarantine will be for 14 days and if the person remains asymptomatic all throughout, he/she will be released from quarantine without testing.

The person while being on quarantine will update his/her health status twice in a day on nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App.

In case the person does not have a suitable room for home quarantining in his/her house, the person may go for institutional quarantine at a facility maintained by Government.

At the institutional quarantine facility, the person will be charged for food at the rate fixed by respective District Task Force. The person may even opt for hotel/ lodge identified by the District Task Force. The duration of quarantine in all of the above cases will be 14 days.

In case the person in quarantine is asymptomatic and wants to be released from quarantine prematurely, he/she may get tested on payment after having completed 4 days of quarantine, and on being tested negative, the person will be released.

Any person entering Nagaland by air or self arranged vehicle for urgent and essential works, and is not in a position to quarantine, may give prior intimation to the respective District Task Force and if the period of stay is less than 48 hours, he/she may enter Nagaland after obtaining clearance, for performing the works while following all health safety norms.

However, if the period of stay in the State is more than 48 hours, then the person entering should get himself/herself tested on RT-PCR or TrueNat at his/her current location and not earlier than 2 days of the proposed arrival to Nagaland, and with a negative test result such person may enter the State by air or self arranged vehicle and attend to his/her normal routine.

If the duration of stay of such a person is likely to be more than 7 days in the State then, he/she will be required to be tested after 5 days of arrival on RT-PCR or TrueNat on payment and on his testing negative, he/she will continue with normal routine. 

The government servants on-duty, requiring exemption from quarantine because of unavoidable reasons, on entry into the State from outside will also be covered by these provisions.

Anyone going outside the State by road in self arranged vehicle and returning within 24 hours without night halt will not be required to quarantine and will carry on with normal routine while following all health safety norms.