Mandatory COVID-19 test at Chandigarh airport for all travellers bound for Punjab

Tests to be done only on passengers whose destination is Punjab

Mandatory COVID-19 test at Chandigarh airport for all travellers bound for Punjab

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Mohali, May 24

With the Centre resuming domestic flight services from May 25, the Mohali district administration, on Sunday, said all air travellers bound for Punjab would be tested for COVID-19 upon their arrival at the Chandigarh airport and then mandatorily stay quarantined in their homes for 14 days.

It, however, clarified that COVID-19 tests would be done only on passengers whose destination is Punjab.

Those moving through the airport on the way to Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, would be dealt with as per the protocol of the recipient state, the district administration said.

“In the wake of directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs to resume air travel from May 25, Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan has issued orders that all passengers belonging to Punjab shall be tested for COVID-19 at the airport,” a government release stated.

All such persons would be required to undergo mandatory home quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival. In case, the test comes out to be positive, the person shall be shifted to an isolation facility, it said.

If the test is negative, the person would still be required to undergo home quarantine for 14 days, the order stated.

This is being done in line with the directions of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which specifically mentions that “states can develop their own protocol with regard to quarantine and isolation as per their assessment”. PTI

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