Thursday, February 25, 2021

After Centre guidelines, new protocol at SVPI airport for Covid-19 testing

Ahmedabad: In the wake of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announcing compulsory molecular Covid-19 tests of passengers arriving from UK, Europe and Middle East countries from February 22, the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport in Ahmedabad has also made arrangements for tests at the airport even as Gujarat sees a surge in Covid-19 cases.

As per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on February 17 which came into effect from February 22, all international passengers arriving in India except from UK, Europe and Middle East countries must undergo an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of their travel in advance and upload their negative test report with a self-declaration form on the portal The passengers will also have to sign an undertaking for a 14-day period of home quarantine or self-monitoring of their health.

For the passengers arriving in India from UK, Europe or Middle East countries, the guidelines state mandatory RT-PCR test before boarding their flight and another compulsory self-paid Covid-19 test to be done at the airport premises. The passengers who have come from Europe and Middle East must deliver their sample at the airport and may exit the airport after that. Such passengers will be notified by the authorities of their reports by phone and as per their result, the protocol will follow.

24/02/21 Indian Express

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