Thursday, September 17, 2020

Covid Testing At Entry Airports For International Passengers On Pilot Basis

New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has allowed RT-PCR testing at the entry airport on a pilot basis to facilitate the transfer of international passengers, Minister of State (I/C), Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

"Airport Operator will create sample collection cum Waiting Lounge facility for RT-PCR testing. Waiting Lounge should be located away from the Operational area, should follow all sanitisation and social distancing related guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, should have no unauthorized access, should provide necessary amenities to the passengers like Wifi, F&B options, washrooms, etc and should provide cashless options for making payments with regard to testing and various amenities," Mr Puri said.

"Airport Operator shall provide an option to the passengers to either stay at the Waiting Lounge awaiting the test results or to proceed to designated hotel(s) in order to isolate themselves till the test results are available," he added.

He further stated: "Sample collection to be in strict compliance with the protocols established by ICMR and NABL. Passengers should make online booking of the RT-PCR test through respective websites or other appropriate online platforms."

16/09/20 ANI/NDTV

To Read the News in full at Source, Click the Headline


Post a Comment