On the 25th of May, the Civil Aviation Ministry, resumed domestic passengers flights in India.
The domestic flights started after a halt of 2 months, due to the nationwide lockdown in the backdrop of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
However, before starting the services, Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, conducted meetings with different States and negotiated for the resumption of aviation services, as many states were against it.
While the majority of States agreed to start airline services from the 25th of May, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal denied and said to start from the 26th of May and 28th of May respectively. In addition, states like Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh announced a 7 day quarantine for passengers travelling from different cities or states.
Below are the rules set by state governments:
Travellers need to be under quarantine for 14 days and or a week after clearing the Novel Coronavirus test. They could get a test on the sixth day from their arrival and end their quarantine if the results come out negative. All passengers coming to Uttar Pradesh would register themselves on http://reg.upcovid.in with details of themselves and family members travelling with them. A message will be displayed on their phones after this and CISF personnel will let them leave the airport only after checking it.
The State Government announced quarantine for 14 days for travellers, 7 days at Centre’s quarantine and if tested negative for COVID-19, they could go home,but need to be quarantined.
The rule would only apply to passengers coming from the mentioned states: Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh as “high prevalence” states. However, other travellers need to go under home quarantine for 14 days. The State exempted businessmen coming for urgent work, only if they bring test results that are not more than two days old.
In Himachal Pradesh, the Dharamshala administration has said only persons with a valid address proof of the state should book tickets to the city and the flyer will have to obtain a district entry pass. Dharamshala would operate only two flights from Delhi and one from Chandigarh o a regular basis.
Rakesh Prajapati, the DC of Kangra said, “HP residents coming from red zone areas and those with ILI symptoms shall be put in institutional quarantine. And the persons, the non-residents of HP/Tourist shall not be allowed entry into the district and they shall immediately be put in institutional quarantine before sending them back on their own expenses.”
Jammu and Kashmir
In Jammu and Kashmir, all incoming passengers would be under centre’s quarantine homes for a night and would undergo a COVID-19 test.
In Kerala, all flyers would be put under 14 days’ home quarantine. However, the State Government has made an exception for those coming for business purposes or for a short duration.
In Punjab, all incoming passengers will be put in home quarantine for 14 days.
The Bihar Government said travellers will be put on “paid quarantine” for 14 days.
The Chhattisgarh government said those showing no symptoms would be placed in 14-day quarantine at government centres, homes or paid facilities. Passengers will have to submit a written undertaking they will strictly follow isolation norms.
Dr. Kamalpreet Singh, the Secretary of the General Administration Department said, “Baggage will be sanitised at the airport and only select vehicles whose details are with the transport department will be allowed to pick and drop passengers.”
The Tamil Nadu Government decided to allow only 25 domestic flights per day to Chennai, no restrictions for Covai, Madurai & Trichy sectors. Flights from Maharashtra & Gujarat may be kept at the “barest minimum possible,” no restrictions for outgoing flights.
Assam would be putting flyers on a 14 day quarantine. The passengers will be distributed equally in home quarantine and government quarantine.
All the flight services resumed this morning with a strict maintenance of social distancing, thermal screening at airport and other norms followed to prevent spread of the virus.
Stay tuned for further updates.