Meghalaya to exempt certain persons from COVID-19 testing at the entry points

Shillong, Jan 12: Meghalaya Health department today  issued, Exemption of Foreign Dignitaries, Union Ministers, Government Officials and others authorized by the State Government from COVID-19 testing and quarantine.

Consequent to Unlock 3.0 Guidelines of Government of India, there are various categories of officials and persons who require to visit the State for official purposes but are reluctant to do so in view of stringent COVID-19 testing protocols of the State.

This is hampering the progress of development activities in the State. Therefore, in order to facilitate entry for such persons in the interest of the State, the Governor of Meghalaya is pleased to exempt the following categories of persons from COVID-19 testing at the entry points and

quarantine:

1. Visiting Constitutional Authorities

2. Visiting VVIPs, Government of India officials

3. Visiting State Government officials

4. Persons belonging to the category of officials of investigation/ intelligence/

agencies such as National Investigation Agency, Central Bureau of Investigation/

Enforcement Directorate, Intelligence Bureau who are on official/covert visits and

Income Tax Department officials on official visits.

5. Any other category of persons as may be decided by the State Government based

on official exigency.

Stipulations:

1. The duration of stay in the State shall not normally exceed 72 hours.

2. The Deputy Commissioners of the concerned Districts to which the above

category of persons are bound to will be informed in advance.

3. The visiting Dignitaries/officials will register on the Arogya Setu and during the

period of stay will follow all the health safety protocols confining their

movement to their place of work.

4. Symptomatic dignitaries / officials will require to undergo COVID-19 Testing as

per the State Health Protocol.

This SOP is issued in partial modification of Notification No.

Health.94/2020/100 dated 27-10-2020 and will be implemented throughout the State with

immediate effect until further orders. Said Mr. Sampath Kumar, IAS Principal Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya.

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