14-day quarantine must for international flyers

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 9

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  • Nodal Officer Darbara Singh said all international passengers should contact on phone numbers 0181-2224417, 2224424 or 2223426 for their passports after 15 days of arrival.

  • He said they could collect their passports at the office address — Deputy Director, Urban Local Government, 227-228, Master Tara Singh Nagar near Hotel Kamal, Palace Chowk.

Pursuant to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for Non-Residents Indians (NRIs) and foreign travellers, the district administration on Sunday declared that such travellers would have to submit a self-declaration form on the portal, www.newdelhiairport.in, before 72 hours of the travel. They would have to submit an undertaking for undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine (comprising seven-day institutional quarantine and seven-day home isolation).

DC Ghanshyam Thori said exemptions would be given in cases of emergency or health conditions, including pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parents with children below 10 years of age.

Travellers can also be exempted from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT-PCR test report on arrival. However, the test must have been conducted within 96 hours before the journey and the test report uploaded on the portal for consideration.

DC Thori said only asymptomatic travellers would be allowed to board after thermal screening. Those reaching through land borders would also have to follow the same protocol. “The Covid safety protocols, including wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene and others, are to be observed by airline staff and passengers. Thermal screening of all passengers will be carried by health teams. The self-declaration form filled online must be shown (or a copy of the physical self-declaration form to be submitted) to the health teams at the airport. Those found symptomatic during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to the medical facility. Those who would be exempted from institutional quarantine must show the same to the officials before being allowed home quarantine for 14 days,” said the DC.

He said the remaining passengers would be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities for a week. They would be tested as per the ICMR protocol and if tested positive, they would be examined by health teams. After seven days, if they are assessed as asymptomatic, they would be allowed home isolation or isolated at a Covid care centre, he said. People showing severe symptoms would be admitted to Covid health facilities.

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