Tuesday, August 25, 2020

India may offer Covid testing for people flying out of the country too

New Delhi: People flying out of India will soon get the option of taking a Covid test so that those who are found free from the virus can have a hassle free experience on arrival as per the rules of the destination country. Work is on to have testing facilities for persons flying into India through its main hubs like Delhi and Mumbai.

“The test is likely to be made available for those flying out of the country also for a seamless experience as per norms for those coming with a Covid negative test report in different countries,” said a senior aviation ministry official.

The move comes after Hong Kong barred Air India flights till August-end after a number of passengers who flew in on a flight from Delhi earlier this month tested positive on arrival.
Some countries like the UAE already require a Covid negative certificate from a recent test as a pre-condition for allowing passengers to fly in. And others like Germany test passengers coming from “high risk” (meaning higher incidence of corona) countries like India and the US for the flu.
Having a negative report could increasingly mean less hassles for international flyers as countries seek to resume travel amid a pandemic that is likely to be around for about a couple of years. From September 1, Lufthansa Group passengers with a negative Covid-19 report from a test done within 48 hours of undertaking the journey can seek exemption from the mandatory rule of wearing masks on flights.
Frankfurt is among the global hubs that has Covid testing facilities for both passengers flying in and out of Germany. “For several weeks, the company CENTOGENE has been offering convenient tests at Frankfurt Airport in cooperation with Lufthansa and Fraport. With this voluntary test taken at the airport right before your departure, you can avoid restrictions after landing at your destination. Private quarantine, for example, is required in many countries,” the Lufthansa website says.
25/08/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India 
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