Revamped Air Suvidha portal, test package for travellers

By | February 23, 2021

Revamped Air Suvidha portal, check package deal for travellers

The alarm bell has gone off among the many authorities in India following the sudden surge in circumstances throughout the nation. With Maharashtra attempting desperately to keep away from one other lockdown, a number of different states, together with Bangalore, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Haryana, are additionally seeing a spike in circumstances. The scenario is very worrying as a result of the mutated types of COVID-19 might not reply as successfully to the vaccines at the moment being deployed to battle the illness. the A report final week mentioned that the mutated variants from South Africa and Brazil are already within the nation. Earlier additionally, many  circumstances of the UK variant twas detected after rigorous screening of passengers coming to India from overseas. In opposition to this backdro[p, GMR Group-led consortium Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) on Monday launched a revamped ‘Air Suvidha’ portal along with a new RT-PCR test package for arriving international passengers. The firm manages and operates the national capital’s IGI Airport. Accordingly, the development comes after the Centre issued new guidelines for passengers travelling to India. The company had launched Air Suvidha, the first-of-its-kind portal, in August last year, where India-bound international passengers could fill the mandatory self-declaration form and also apply online for exemption from mandatory institutional quarantine process. Also Read – Covid variant ‘N440k’ spreading more in South India: CSIR-CCMB scientists call for closer surveillance

Measures to detect mutant cases coming from abroad

Notably, the present move comes following increased evidence of circulation of mutant variants of COVID-19 virus. As per the new guideline, filling up of ‘Self Declaration Form’ on Delhi Airport’s website – — has been made mandatory for all international arriving passengers. They will also have to upload a mandatory RT-PCR or molecular test report (test undertaken within 72 hours of departure) in the SDF for its completion. These forms will help in identifying passengers on flights from the UK, Europe and Middle-East who will undergo mandatory RT-PCR on arrival as well. Passengers can exit after giving the test at the airport and follow government guidelines on quarantine or self-monitoring. Also Read – Indian Covid-19 strains could be more infectious, cause re-infection: Warns AIIMS chief

Focus on domestic transmission too

In addition to the above measures, the SDF will also help identify passengers from high-risk countries such as the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa. A new field for declaring domestic connection has been added in the ‘Air Suvidha’ portal. This will help implementation of new SOP for domestic transit passengers and also help improve contact tracing. Also Read – Dr Reddy’s initiates process for EUA of Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V in India

Exemption only in extraordinary cases

Under the new ‘Standard Operating Procedure’, passengers with exigency of death in the family can apply for exemption and upload the approved application in SDF in place of RT-PCR test. Apart from new guidelines, passengers on flights from the UK, Europe and South Africa will have to undergo the mandatory RT-PCR test. Those flying in from the UK, South Africa and Brazil, direct or in transit, and having a connecting flight will not be allowed to leave the airport till their RT-PCR test report is negative. Others would be allowed to leave the airport as per the direction of government officials.

Published : February 23, 2021 10:12 am

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