Covid Test At Entry Airports For International Passengers On Pilot Basis. (Representational)
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has permitted RT-PCR testing at the entry airport on a pilot basis to facilitate the transfer of worldwide guests, Minister of State (I/C), Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri stated in a written reply to a concern in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
” Airport Operator will create sample collection cum Waiting Lounge center for RT-PCR screening. Waiting Lounge should be located away from the Operational area, should follow all sanitisation and social distancing related guidelines released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, should have no unapproved access, should offer necessary amenities to the guests like Wifi, F&B options, restrooms, etc and needs to offer cashless choices for paying with regard to screening and various features,” Mr Puri stated.
” Airport Operator will supply an option to the guests to either remain at the Waiting Lounge waiting for the test results or to proceed to designated hotel( s) in order to isolate themselves till the test outcomes are offered,” he included.
He further mentioned: “Sample collection to be in stringent compliance with the protocols established by ICMR and NABL. Guests should make online reservation of the RT-PCR test through particular websites or other proper online platforms.”
” Passport of the passenger to be retained by the State authority at the sample collection cum Waiting Lounge till the test results are available. If the test result is negative, the traveler will be permitted to leave the Waiting Lounge and continue to the Departures to catch the connecting flight. Nevertheless, if the result is favorable, the traveler will be processed in line with suitable ICMR protocols by the State authorities. No passenger needs to be able to make an unauthorized exit,” he included.
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