With the government of India allowing domestic air passenger flights to resume from 25th May, there have been doubts about the quarantine rules that passengers will be subjected to when they arrive at their destination.
The government of Karnataka has released a detailed a standard operating procedure (SOP) for all returnees to the state. The highlights of this document are:
Passengers must apply for e-pass
All passengers need to register on the Karnataka Seva-Sindhu portal to get an e-pass to enter Karnataka.
Mandatory institutional quarantine for some states
Asymptomatic passengers coming from Maharashtra, Gujarat, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan will have to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine at their own cost at designated hotels.
Between the 5th to 7th day after arrival, passengers will be tested for COVID-19 and if found negative, they will be required to complete another seven days of home quarantine.
Quarantine for other states
Passengers from all other states other than those listed above will be asked to undergo 14 days of home quarantine.
The government has also specified some exceptions to the above quarantine rules, which are:
“a) In special cases where business travellers are coming for urgent work (for example bidders coming to participate in auction of perishable / agricultural commodities etc.), they are permitted without the necessity of quarantine if they bring the negative test report of Covid-19 from ICMR approved Laboratory & it should not be more than two days older from the date of travel. However, in case they don’t have such certificate they have to undergo Covid-19 test & stay in paid Institution quarantine (Hotels identified by Govt.) till the test result comes out. After negative test result, they will be allowed to finish their engagements & return back.
b) GOI has advised that all states/UTs shall allow inter State movement of medical professionals, nurses and Para-medical staffs, sanitation personnel and ambulances without any restriction (Para 10 (i)order no. 40-4/2020-DM-I(A), dated 17.05.2020). Therefore, inter-state movement of above professionals with only home quarantine is allowed.
c) Wherever members of Defence, Para-military, Railways, DRDO, ISRO, PSUs can stay in institutional quarantine for 14 days in dedicated guest house or quarantine facility of the organization then they should be allowed to do so.”
Standard Operating Procedures V3 for inter-state passengers to Karnataka
You can find the entire SOP document here. Airlines have been requested to pass these guidelines to all passengers while booking their flights and checking in.