Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Mumbai airport says passengers from Middle East, Europe will be subject to institutional quarantine

Mumbai: Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has said all passengers arriving from the Middle East and European countries will be subjected to mandatory institutional quarantine from Tuesday. 
The new rules for the passengers travelling via the Mumbai airport, including those having connected ights, are in line with the directives issued by the state and central governments on Monday, the airport operator said in a release. 
The central government on Monday said all the UK-India ights will be suspended from December 23 to December 31 in view of the emergence of a new coronavirus strain in that country. It also said all passengers coming from the UK on Monday and Tuesday would be compulsorily tested for coronavirus on arrival at airports. 
Separately, the Maharashtra government in a circular on Monday said it has decided to conduct institutional quarantine for all passengers from all over Europe and the Middle East for 14 days after landing at the airport, as well as home quarantine for passengers from other countries. "Eective December 22, passengers arriving from the Middle East and European countries, irrespective of their further travel plans, will be subjected to mandatory institutional quarantine. "Any passenger identied as being symptomatic on arrival will be transferred to designated COVID-19 facility for further evaluation," CSMIA said in a statement. 
 Passengers arriving from these regions will be transported by state oicials to nearby hotels of their preference to undergo institutional quarantine for seven days at their own cost, it added. According to the airport operator, on Monday, CSMIA had four ights - one from Amsterdam and three from London - carrying over 690 passengers; while on Tuesday, there was no ight either arriving or departing from and to London, it said. However, there are ve ights arriving and eight departing to Dubai and one departing for Doha, it added. 
 22/12/20 PTI/Economic Times
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