Friday, January 08, 2021

"7 Days Quarantine A Must": Airport Tweets After Delhi Order Causes Chaos

New Delhi: Delhi's Indira Gandhi airport on Friday evening tweeted a clarification of coronavirus testing and isolation rules for all passengers arriving on flights from the United Kingdom, stating, among other points, that the waiting time for Covid test results could extend up to 10 hours and that the cost of the test, and waiting period, had to be borne by the passengers.

The tweet came after chaos caused by a last minute revision of rules (after flights had taken off from London) that also made seven days' institutional quarantine mandatory even for passengers with negative RT-PCR tests.

Delhi Airport said all passengers coming from the UK had to undergo RT-PCR tests both at origin and destination, and that all passengers - including those testing negative - had to undergo seven days' institutional quarantine, followed by a further seven days' of home isolation. It did not say if exceptions could be made for certain groups, such as parents with infants or pregnant women.

Irate passengers, who believed they had met Covid-related safety requirements for their flights home, faced an unpleasant surprise when landing in Delhi Friday morning.

"There is total chaos right now. We are inside a lounge... lots of security staff outside. We are being treated like we are in a cage... and hotels are trying to make this a business by offering deals for quarantine. We took our flight yesterday... there were no such guidelines," Sourav Dutta, one of hundreds who have been stuck inside the airport for hours, told NDTV.

08/01/21 NDTV

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