The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued guidelines for international passenger arrivals and domestic travel in India. Here’s how the government has planned a safe arrival of passengers in the country.
Guidelines for International Arrivals
Mandatory Quarantine of 14 Days
All passengers are advised to download the Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices. The international arrivals are to give an undertaking for mandatory quarantine for 14 days before boarding. They will follow a seven day paid institutional quarantine at their own cost and 7-day isolation at home after that.
However, the states can allow home quarantine of 14 days in case of human distress, pregnancy, and death in the family or severe illness based on their assessment. Besides, the use of the Aarogya Setu app is mandatory in such cases. Also, asymptomatic travellers can board the flight after thermal screening only. Land border arrivals will follow the same protocol.
Social Distancing and Sanitation in Place
The airlines will ensure social distancing in the flights. Airline staff, crew, and passengers will observe required precautions such as wearing masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and hand-hygiene. Passengers will be subject to a thermal screening on arrival at the airport/seaport/land port by the health officials.
Guidelines for Domestic Travel
All rules apply the same for domestic travel by air, train, and bus. However, asymptomatic passengers shall monitor their health for 14 days and inform the district surveillance officer or state/national call centre if symptoms develop. States will ensure regular sanitization of airports/railway stations/bus terminals. Besides, states can develop their protocols concerning quarantine and isolation.
In all, states can set rules for departing and disembarking passengers based on the centre’s guidelines.