With the Omicron scare gripping the world, the Delhi government has released a fresh set of COVID-19 rules for flyers entering the international airport in Delhi. By Anushka Goel
With rising COVID-19 cases in Delhi, the government on December 28, 2021, issued a ‘yellow alert’ in the city. This means that cinemas, spas, gyms are now shut, along with schools and colleges, while hotels, restaurants, bars can function with a 50 per cent seating capacity. Shops, too, will operate on an odd-even basis while stores selling essential goods are allowed to remain open, reports India.com.
Given this new rule, COVID-19 rules have become stricter in the city, with the norms affecting inbound passengers flying into the city, too.
COVID-19 rules for passengers flying to Delhi
According to DNA, along with the yellow alert being issued in Delhi, travel rules for passengers (both domestic and international) flying into the city have been revised. These are:
- According to the latest order by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), hotels will function as quarantine zones for international passengers.
- All passengers will be subject to thermal screening at the airport upon arrival.
- If domestic flyers have arrived from states with a high number of COVID-19 cases, they will be subject to random testing.
- Passengers can only exit the airport after their sample has been collected, and if someone is on a connecting flight and is not exiting the airport, they’ll have to refer to the travel rules of their destination state.
- Those testing positive upon arrival in Delhi will have to quarantine for 10 days at home or a COVID-19 Care Centre (CCC), Community Health Centre (CHC), or a hospital, the report in DNA states.
- All international flyers have to submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha Portal before their travel, and passengers from at-risk countries will have to undergo post-arrival testing, quarantine, and strict isolation. Further, passengers flying in from low-risk nations will be allowed to leave the airport, but they’ll have to strictly monitor their health for 14 days.
- According to India.com, international passengers will have to bear the cost of the COVID-19 test post-arrival, which is priced at INR 500, the airport’s website states. The passengers will have to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine. On the eighth day, they will get another test done, and upon testing negative, they’ll monitor their health for another seven days.
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