Institutional Quarantine in Delhi for passengers arriving from the UK

With the discovery of a new strain of CoVid-19 virus in the UK, the Delhi Government has swung into preventive measures to ensure they don’t have to deal with the repercussions of being caught unaware of the Virus another time. While the Government of India permitted flights to operate from the UK to India on January 8, 2021, and onwards after a brief ban with new SOPs notified for international travellers arriving into India, Delhi has become even more stringent, asking for an Institutional Quarantine in Delhi for those arriving from the UK.

The Delhi Government has declared that all travellers from the UK arriving into Delhi will be kept in institutional quarantine for 7 days in a separate facility, after getting an RT PCR test done at Delhi Airport. This order will be valid till January 14, 2021.

For those who are found to be Corona positive, they will be taken to an isolation facility per established SOP, and those who are found negative will have to be quarantined at an institutional facility in Delhi for 7 days, followed by home quarantine for 7 days. This order does not distinguish between those who stay in Delhi or those who are just transiting from Delhi from the looks of it.

This rule is to be implemented from January 8, 2021, itself, which has caught those who arrived on AI112 in Delhi on January 8, 2021 by surprise.

Here is the complete text for those arriving from the UK into Delhi to start with.

Delhi Airport has also issued an advisory in this respect to customers.

Bottomline

This is an extremely worrying update for everyone who was planning to fly into Delhi from the UK. Those who have planned their travel into Delhi will now find themselves in a new, perhaps expensive, quarantine at Delhi Airport for 7 days before they can travel inside India.

What do you think of the new quarantine policy implemented in Delhi?


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