Govt issues SOPs for passengers from UK: 14-day quarantine on arrival
Days after announcing the partial resumption of flights from January 8, the government on Saturday issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for passengers who will be arriving from the United Kingdom amid the concerns over the new Covid-19 strain. Apart from a limited number of flights, India has made negative Covid test reports mandatory for all the passengers from the UK.
Airlines will have to ensure the availability of a coronavirus negative test report before allowing the passengers to board the flight. All the passengers arriving from the UK would be mandatorily subjected to self-paid RT-PCR tests on their arrival at the Indian airports, the government stated in the SOPs. Those who test negative for coronavirus would be advised quarantine at home for 14 days.
The SOPs shall be valid till January 30 (23:59 hrs) or further orders whichever is earlier. All international travelers as described in the scope above will be required to declare as per existing procedure, their travel history (of past 14 days) and fill up the Self Declaration Form to be screened for coronavirus.
All the passengers coming from the UK during the intervening period from January 8 to January 30 would be required to submit a self-declaration form on the online portal (new Delhi airport. in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel.
All the passengers arriving from the UK would have to submit a negative RT-PCR test report for which test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. The airlines have been directed to ensure the availability of negative test report before allowing the passengers to board the flights.
"All the passengers arriving from the UK in all international flights would be mandatorily subjected to self-paid RT-PCR tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned," the government stated in the SOPs. The Centre has also directed the states and UTs to set up help desks at airports to facilitate the implementation of the procedure.
It said, "Passengers testing positive [for coronavirus] shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit coordinated by the state health authorities. They would take necessary action to send the positive samples to Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) Labs."
If the genomic sequencing indicates the presence of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 then the patient will continue to remain in a separate isolation unit. The passenger will continue to remain in isolation till s/he tests negative.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday said that flights between India and the United Kingdom will resume partially from January 8. "It has been decided that flights between India and UK will resume from January 8, 2021," Hardeep Singh Puri said.
Initially, till January 23, the operations will be restricted to 15 flights per week each for carriers of the two countries to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad only.