Guwahati: A day before domestic air travel resumes in the country, the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Sunday issued new guidelines for domestic as well as international travel via air, rail or interstate bus travel.
According to the 12 domestic travel guidelines, all passengers are to download the Aarogya Setu application on their mobile devices and after undergoing thermal screening at departure points, only asymptomatic patients will be allowed to travel. It also allows states to develop their own protocol for quarantine and isolation.
Dos and Don’ts shall be provided along with the ticket to the travellers by the agencies concerned.
Sharing the guidelines, Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri, tweeted, “I hope travellers strictly follow these self-regulatory norms & strengthen India’s hands in this fight against COVID19. Remember, each one of us is a soldier against the pandemic.”
The states and UTs to ensure that all passengers undergo thermal screening at the point of departure and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to board the flight, train or bus. Asymptomatic passengers, however, will be permitted to travel after they give an undertaking to self-monitor for 14 days.
Those having moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID health facilities and managed accordingly. While those having mild symptoms will be given the option of home isolation or isolated in the COVID Care Centre (both public and private facilities) as appropriate and tested as per ICMR protocol, they said.
In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state or the national call centre (1075), it said.
While, for international travel, before boarding, all travellers shall give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days – 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.
However, in exceptional cases of human distress, pregnancy, death in the family etc home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days.
During boarding and travel, all passengers shall use face covers or masks and will also follow hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and maintain environmental hygiene, the ministry said in the new guidelines. At airports, railway stations and bus terminals, required measures to ensure social distancing shall be taken.
Airports, railway stations and bus terminals should be regularly sanitised or disinfected and the availability of soaps and sanitisers shall be ensured, the health ministry said.