07 august 2020
Mumbai, Feb 22( PTI) Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) on Monday rolled out its modified online facility for international arriving passengers, following new government norms in view of emergence of COVID-19 variants.
The revamped ''Air Suvidha'' portal includes new RT-PCR testing package and provision for declaring domestic connection, which will help in implementation of new SOP for domestic transit passengers, DIAL said in a release.
DIAL is a joint venture of Airports Authority of India and GMR-led consortium.
Last week, the government announced new guidelines for India-bound international passengers from Monday midnight, due to the emergence of new variants of the virus, which have shown increased transmissibility.
Under the new norms, submission of a self-declaration form(SDF) online for all arriving international passengers prior to their scheduled travel and uploading a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report have been made mandatory.
This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey, as per the norms.
DIAL had launched the portal in August last year. The portal enables India-bound international passengers fill the mandatory SDF and also apply online for exemption from mandatory quarantine process.
Passengers can exit after giving the test at the airport and follow government guideline on quarantine/self-monitoring. It said SDF will also help identify passengers from high risk counties such as the UK, Brazil and South Africa.
Under the new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), 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.
All other categories for exemption stand cancelled with effect from 11:59 pm of February 22, the airport operator said.
Taking into account the new SOP, Delhi Airport has revamped the Air Suvidha portal to accommodate these changes as per the guidelines, DIAL said in the release.
Apart from these, as per new government SOP, all passengers on flights from the UK, Europe and South Africa will have to undergo the mandatory RT-PCR test.
At Delhi Airport, there are two categories of testing service available for the passengers--regular (at the government approved rates) and premium, at Rs 800 and Rs 1,300, respectively, which will also be available for pre-booking online from February 23, DIAL said.
According to the new norms, 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, said the release. PTI IAS ANU ANU