Sunday, December 13, 2020

International flyers landing without a Covid-19 report won’t have to wait at Mumbai airport

Mumbai: The BMC will allow passengers arriving in international flights without a negative Covid-19 report to go home after swab collection. This has been done to reduce crowding at the airport as these passengers have to wait for hours to get the Covid report. “The passengers will be updated about the report over the phone,” said a BMC official. The BMC will release a related notification in a day or two. AMC P Velrasu confirmed the development.

BMC nodal officer at the airport and deputy executive health officer Dr Santosh Revankar said, “The rule is already in practice for domestic passengers (coming from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa) where we allow them to go home after collecting their swab sample.”

At present, international passengers coming at the city airport with Covid-19 negative reports are allowed to go home. But those landing without a report are escorted by airport management officials to the Covid-19 testing centre in the airport premises managed by private labs. The passenger needs to pay the charge, after which their swab samples are collected. The passenger needs to wait in the airport holding area till the outcome of the report which takes between 8 hours to 24 hours.

The BMC received several complaints from passengers that they face a tough time spending a day inside the airport premises and it causes mental harassment and adds up load on their purse, said a BMC official.

Officials stated that the new rule will provide relief for such passengers. If a report comes Covid-19 positive, the BMC will communicate with these passengers for further process. If the report is negative, the passengers will be informed about it directly by the lab.

13/12/20 Vijay V Singh/Times of India

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