New guidelines for air passengers flying to Delhi have been issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA). This decision was made in response to an increase in the number of daily Coronavirus infections, including its new variant, Omicron.
The following are the rules that air travellers, whether flying from abroad or domestically, must follow when arriving at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport:
- Due to the rise in COVID cases, random sample collection of flyers will be done for passengers arriving from states witnessing a surge in cases.
- Passengers will be allowed to exit after their sample is collected.
- All passengers will have to undergo thermal screening post-arrival.
- If anybody is travelling on a connecting flight and is not leaving the airport, they will have to refer to guidelines of the respective arrival states.
Delhi has a quarantine law
- Passengers who test positive for the virus, will have to quarantine for 10 days at home or a COVID Care Centre (CCC)/Community Health Centre (CHC)/hospital.
- International travellers will be required to submit a self-declaration form on Air Suvidha Portal before scheduled travel.
- Passengers transiting or originating from at-risk countries will be informed by the airlines to undergo post-arrival testing, quarantine if tested negative, and stringent isolation.
- All international passengers will have to submit samples post-arrival which will be self-paid. If tested negative, they will have to undergo mandatory 7-day quarantine, and then undergo tests again on the 8th day. If they test negative again, they will self-monitor for another 7 days.
- International passengers coming from non-risk countries in India will be allowed to leave the airport. However, they will have to self-monitor their health for 14 days.