- The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) announced that all passengers arriving from the United Kingdom will have to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test
- According to the new rules in place, travellers can use the Air Suvidha portal of the airport’s official website to upload or self-report their negative COVID-19 test result
THoD Newsdesk, New Delhi: On Friday, The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) announced that all passengers arriving from the United Kingdom will have to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test. Further, travellers will have to practice institutional quarantine for a week, followed by home-isolation for seven more days.
All passengers reaching the city, will have to bear the cost of the RT-PCR test and the lounge facility, where they will have to wait for up to 10 hours for the test results.
This was proclaimed, amidst the resumption of flight services between India and the UK. As per reports of the PTI, several passengers arriving at the Delhi airport weren’t too happy about the mandatory institutional quarantine, which they were unaware of while departing.
Although Air India claimed that the passengers were informed before departure, Vistara’s former chief strategy and commercial officer, labelled the move as “ridiculous.” Air India also reported that around 20 passengers cancelled their flights after being informed about the advisory.
DIAL took to Twitter and tweeted, “Flight operations from the UK have resumed from 0:01 hrs. 8th January 2021. All arriving passengers from the UK to Delhi Airport must adhere to the following,” while listing the rules to be obeyed.
According to the new rules in place, travellers can use the Air Suvidha portal of the airport’s official website to upload or self-report their COVID-19 negative test results, before their departure from the UK. The test should have been taken 72 hours before the commencement of the journey, the announcement said.
Delhi’s CM tweeted, “To protect Delhiites from exposure to the virus from the UK, Del govt takes imp decisions. All those arriving from UK, who test positive will be isolated in an isolation facility. Negative ones will be taken to a quarantine facility for 7 days followed by 7 days home quarantine.” Flight operations between India and the UK were suspended on December 21, 2020, due to the rapid spread of the mutant virus and in an effort to curb any transmission.