Arriving passengers from areas with no active or sporadic COVID allowed to home quarantine

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Department of Public Health and Social Services (PNC file photo)

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) on Sunday issued an amendment to DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-11 Rev 11 which provides additional guidance relative to arriving passengers from areas with no (active) cases or imported/sporadic cases of COVID-19.

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-11 Rev 11 Amendment 1 allows for arriving passengers originating from a country with a transmission clarification to quarantine for 10 days at their personal residence or rental lodging.

DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-11 Rev 11 Amendment 1 defines the basis of transmission classification as a process of country, territory, or area self-reporting.

Classifications are reviewed on a weekly basis and may be revised as new information becomes available.

Differing degrees of transmission may be present within countries/territories/areas. DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-11 Rev 11 Amendment 1 references the World Health Organization’s definitions of “no (active) cases,” and “imported/sporadic cases” as follows:

No (Active) Cases: No cases detected for at least 28 days (two times the maximum incubation period) in the presence of a robust surveillance system. This implies a near-zero risk of infection for the general population.

Imported/Sporadic Cases: Cases detected in the past 14 days are all imported, sporadic (e.g., laboratory-acquired or zoonotic) or are all linked to imported/sporadic cases, and there are no clear signals of further locally acquired transmission. This implies a minimal risk of infection for the general population.

Additional requirements and restrictions may apply and are further detailed in DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-11 REV 11 Amendment 1. To view the complete guidance in its entirety, click HERE.

However, travelers are advised that DPHSS Guidance Memo 2020-11 REV 11 Amendment 1 is subject to change without notice.

(JIC Release No. 675)

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