Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Delhi airport likely to have COVID-19 testing facility for international arrivals

The Delhi airport is likely to have a COVID-19 testing facility for international passengers who if tested negative will get exemption from the seven-day mandatory institutional quarantine, said senior government officials on Tuesday. As per the Union health ministry, passengers arriving from abroad have to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine followed by seven days of home quarantine.
"The government is considering establishing a COVID-19 testing facility at the Delhi airport. It takes around eight hours to get the results, which means the international passenger will have to remain at the airport premises for that duration," said a government official.
If the test result is negative, the passenger will not be required to undergo institutional quarantine, the official added.
Post August 8, if an international passenger has a COVID-negative certificate from a test done 96 hours prior to the journey, he or she can avoid the seven-day institutional quarantine in India.
"The testing facility at the Delhi airport would be for those international passengers who do not have such a COVID-negative certificate and still want to avoid institutional quarantine," said another government official.
Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
18/08/20 PTI/Business Insider
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