With a spike of increasing cases of Coronavirus in India, Delhi airport authority has announced its plan to apply new Covid-19 guideline for passengers arriving by international flights.
As per the latest guideline, passengers on international flights arriving in Delhi will now have to undergo a seven-day institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by one week of home quarantine.
Passengers arriving by international flights and planning to stay in the Delhi-NCR are required to undergo a primary health screening by Airport Health officials. Moreover, the passengers will be allowed to go to the approved destination only after undergoing thermal screening by discreetly mounted, highly accurate and mass screening devices.
In addition to this Covid-19 guideline, the airport authority has also requested the passengers to sign an undertaking to recognize this responsibility, which will be held by the overseas mission/embassy prior to confirmation of the booking.
Moreover, Domestic passengers arriving at Delhi airport can leave only after passing the thermal screening close to the exit gates. They would also have to stay under house quarantine for one-week.
With transit passengers requiring concurrent flights, they can go through the domestic flight transfer area or travel up to the check-in departure point, when re-entering the airport they will have to pass a compulsory temperature test at the departure gate before their next flight.
Under the latest guideline, any passenger who has symptoms of Covid-19 will be isolated and sent to the containment zone located next to the terminal. Further, that passenger will be shifted to the hospital for treatment by respective airline officials.
India had suspended international flight services from March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, it has been operating only repatriation flights under the Vande Bharat mission for Stranded Indians to get them back home.
As per the guideline, only four categories of passengers may authorize an exemption from quarantine on a case-by-case basis – pregnant women, those suffering from a serious illness, parents of children below 10 years of age and those who have suffered death in the family. For all those instances, however, proper documentation is needed. They have also given an email address to people belonging to these exempt groups when undertakings have to be issued. Documents required to get apply for the above exemption request,
(1) Medical certificate
(2) Death certificate
(3) Copy of Passport
(4) Ticket for next flights