The Indian Civil Aviation Ministry announced on Friday that anyone travelling to India “shall give an undertaking, before boarding flights, that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days” upon reaching their destinations.
According to the Emirates news Agency (WAM), the policy anticipates “a steady increase in passenger arrivals” at international airports in India from August 1.
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One week of this fortnight’s quarantine shall be at institutions in India, paid for by the passengers, followed by a second week of “isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.”
Receiving States can in exceptional cases assess the situation and may permit home quarantine for the entire 14 days. These are cases of human distress, serious illness, death in the family, pregnancy and parents flying in with children below 10 years of age.
There have been instances when arriving passengers refused to undergo screening upon landing or to proceed for institutional quarantine, and according to WAM, the reiteration by both ministries appears to have been prompted by such incidents.