With the discovery of a new strain of CoVid-19 virus in the UK, the Maharashtra 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 has barred flights from the UK, and notified SOPs for international travellers arriving into India, Maharashtra has become even more stringent.
The Maharashtra government has declared that all travellers from Europe and Middle-East arriving into an airport in the state, basically the Mumbai Airport, will be kept in institutional quarantine for 14 days. For people landing from other countries, they will be required to home quarantine for 14 days hereon.
त्याचबरोबर संपूर्ण युरोप आणि मध्य-पूर्व देशांतून येणाऱ्या सर्व प्रवाशांना ते विमानतळावर उतरल्यापासून १४ दिवस संस्थात्मक क्वारंटाईन करण्याचा तसेच अन्य देशांमधून येणाऱ्या प्रवाशांना होम क्वारंटाईन करण्याचा निर्णय घेण्यात आला.
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) December 21, 2020
For passengers put up in an institutional facility, they will be required to undergo an RT-PCR test on the 5th/7th day of their arrival. If they are confirmed negative, they will be allowed to go home and continue a Home Quarantine of 7 days. If they are positive but asymptomatic, they will be told to stay at the hotel itself under quarantine. This rule is to be implemented from December 21 itself, which might catch many people unaware.
Here are the relevant portions of the press release:
“From today, 14 days institutional quarantine has been made mandatory for passengers arriving in Maharashtra from all European countries as well as Middle Eastern countries. These passengers will be subjected to RT-PCR testing on the fifth or seventh day after quarantine. They will be released home after completing their quarantine period. The Municipal Commissioners at the airports where international flights land should arrange hotels and independent hospitals for quarantining such passengers. The Chief Minister also directed to set up a separate hospital for passengers from Europe if they have symptoms of the new virus,” read a press release from the government.
“Passengers from other countries will be checked and stamped with their hands and will be home quarantined. The Chief Minister also directed to provide PPE kits to all airport staff checking passengers from European countries, Middle East countries,” the release added.
By the time flights from the UK close, Mumbai expects to receive 1,000 passengers, and all of whom will be quarantined in hotels around the airport, as per the BMC Commissioner. Passengers who are found to be symptomatic will be shifted straight away to the Hospital.
Passengers arriving from any other country will be stamped for home quarantine till further notice.
Here is the complete text made available to LiveFromALounge by BMC for those arriving from the UK into Mumbai to start with.
Here is the complete text made available to LiveFromALounge by BMC for those arriving from the Middle East/Europe into Mumbai.
For transit passengers arriving at CSMIA, there are different procedures. Also, these procedures are applicable only when you have a connecting flight booked on the same PNR. Everyone else will be treated as a passenger terminating their journey in Mumbai.
Exceptions are being made only for the case of pregnant women and those who have a death in their immediate family.
Mumbai Airport’s Twitter handle has also started conveying information to passengers about institutional quarantine in Mumbai on arrival from the Middle East.
Greetings, passengers arriving from the Middle East will have to undergo 14 days of institutional quarantine. There is no update on the exemption applied for the same yet. We Care, Team CSMIA.
— CSMIA (@CSMIA_Official) December 21, 2020
Pune has also instituted similar requirements.
This is an extremely worrying update for everyone who was planning to fly into Maharashtra from Europe, and more so from the Middle East. Dubai has been an open corridor with India for a while, and those who planned to spend their New Years in Dubai will find themselves committing to a 14-day Institutional Quarantine in Mumbai on their return.
What do you think of the new quarantine policy implemented in Maharashtra?
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