New Delhi: The Health Ministry has issued guidelines for domestic travel by air, rail, and road which include that asymptomatic passengers will monitor their health for 14 days while those with symptoms will be screened at the nearest health facility.
The states and UTs will ensure that thermal screening is carried out at the point of departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the flight, train, or bus.
During boarding and travel, all passengers will use a face cover or mask and follow hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene. A list of 'dos and don'ts' will be provided with the tickets. All passengers will be advised to download Aarogya Setu application on their phones.
The guidelines stipulate that airports, railway stations, and bus stands should be regularly sanitized and availability of soaps and sanitisers will be ensured.
Thermal screening will be done at exit points as well. Asymptomatic passengers will be permitted to go with the advice that they should self-monitor their health for 14 days.
Those found symptomatic will be isolated and taken to the nearest health facility. Those with moderate to severe symptoms will be admitted to COVID-19 health facilities and managed accordingly.
Those with mild symptoms will be given the option of home isolation or isolation at COVID Care Centre and getting tested. If found positive, they will continue at the centre and managed as per clinical protocol.
If negative, the passengers may be allowed to home and isolate themselves and self monitor for seven days.
The guidelines for international arrivals are more strict. Before boarding, all travellers will give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days with seven days of institutional quarantine at their own cost, apart from seven days of home quarantine and monitor their health.
Only for exceptional and compelling cases such as human distress, pregnancy, death in the family, or serious illness, home quarantine will be allowed for 14 days.
Those found symptomatic will be isolated and taken to the nearest health facility.
The remaining passengers shall be taken to institutional isolation centres to be arranged by the state governments.