Nagaland government issues revised SOPs

The Nagaland State Government has issued the revised SOPs for the returnees and travelers entering the State, with effect from April 30, 2021 till further orders.

According to the revised SOPs, all the returnees and travelers entering the State of Nagaland, shall undergo COVID-19 screening test at Dimapur Airport, Dimapur Railway Station, Dimapur- New Field Check Gate and the Dillai Gate, Kohima- Khuzama, Mokokchung- Tsutapela and Watiyongpang, Mon- Naginimora and Tizit, Wokha- Bhandari, Phek-Lanye Junction and Akash Bridge.

Every traveler/returnee shall be required to produce a Negative CovID-19 test Report or COVID-19 Vaccination Completion Certificate (both the doses should have been taken) at the Point of Entry (PoE). 

In case of a resident of any North East (NE) State other than Nagaland, who is arriving in Nagaland by road/ air/ train, and is a transit passenger and directly traveling onwards to any other NE State; the person concerned should have a Negative COVID-19 Test Result through RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT, or COVID-19 Vaccination Completion Certificate, and should also satisfy the requirements of the SOP of the final destination State, failing which, the person concerned will not be allowed to enter the State of Nagaland.

Further, the person concerned should be asymptomatic and must produce (a) Ticket for the onward journey or proof of self-arranged vehicle (b). Proof of address in the other State and (c) Observe COVID-19 appropriate behavior and norms at all times.

In case of any person who cannot undertake an onward journey, or is unable to go back because of non-fulfillment of the requirements of the SOP as mentioned above, he/she shall be required to undergo mandatory Quarantine in a Paid facility.

Any returnee/inbound traveler found to be symptomatic on arrival, even if he/she possesses a NegativeCOVID-19 test Report or COVID-19 Vaccination Completion Certificate shall be immediately tested on a payment basis as per the Government approved rate.

 There will be no exemptions from the requirement of having a negative test report/ COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or from quarantining/self isolation as mentioned above, in case of any person entering Nagaland, and all the earlier exemptions in this connection are hereby withdrawn.

In case of dignitaries and senior government officials entering the State, the Home Department as required, will provide necessary facilitation and make arrangements for their COVID-19 testing after entry.

In case of officers/ staff/ personnel of Military/ Para Military entering the State, the respective Military/Para Military formations/units will make arrangements at the PoE for transportation of their staff/personnel to their respective camps/units, for testing for COVID-19 on RT-PCR/ TrueNat/ CBNAATand for quarantining for 7 (Seven) days. The Military/ Para Military formation/ unit, wherever required, may contact the respective DTF for any assistance.

This SOP will be uniformly implemented throughout the State without any deviation and will not be diluted by District Task Force, urban local bodies, village authorities or community-based organizations.

 Any person violating the instructions in the SOPs will be liable to be prosecuted against as per the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides action under Section 188 of IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.

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