Delhi’s Indra Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday in a tweet informed that it has started the COVID-19 RT-PCR testing facility for all international arriving passengers.
As per previous guidelines, only the passengers with further domestic connections were allowed to have an RT-PCR test done at the testing facility on Terminal 3 of Delhi International Airport. The rest of the passengers were required to show a COVID-19 negative report done 96-hours prior to boarding.
“All arriving international passengers, including residents of Delhi NCR or passengers intending to undertake onward domestic connection, can now avail the COVID RT-PCR testing facility at Delhi Airport and get an exemption from Institution quarantine.” Delhi Airport Tweeted
All international arriving passengers can now avail COVID RT-PCR testing facility at Delhi Airport, as per the latest government guidelines. pic.twitter.com/pG6BtXrmBa— Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) September 30, 2020
Delhi Airport has started this testing facility for all arriving international passengers as per the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30.06.2020
An on-arrival testing facility for all passengers will help them seeking exemption from institutional quarantine if tested negative. Delhi Airport became the first airport in India to set up a COVID-19 testing facility at the International Airport Terminal 3 for the international arriving passengers.
The facility was set up opposite Terminal 3 at the multi-level car parking area for the incoming passengers who have to take connecting domestic flights. This facility will now be used for arriving passengers.
Delhi airport has tie-up with Genestrings Diagnostic Centre, a Delhi-based laboratory, which is currently associated with the Delhi government to test COVID-19 samples to conduct the tests.
A passenger can get the test done at the airport itself for a fee of Rs 5,000. The fees include waiting room charges as the results can take upto 6 hours to arrive.
COVID-19 Testing Facility At Delhi Airport
- DIAL collaborates with Genestrings Diagnostic Centre to set up an RT-PCR testing lab at T3
- The result of the test will be declared within 4-6 hours
- Passengers testing COVID-negative can continue their journey; those with a positive result will be handled as per ICMR guidelines
- The facility ensures a safe journey of all passengers entering the city or scheduled for domestic connecting flights
“Results of samples collected at the laboratory will be declared within 4-6 hours to the incoming passengers. Until the results are confirmed, passengers will be isolated at the waiting lounge or may opt to stay in a hotel.” Delhi Airport said in a press release.
“Constructed in 3,500 square meter area at multi-level car parking (MLCP) of Terminal 3, this is the first such arrangement among Indian airports,” it noted. An international passenger who does not have a COVID-negative result certificate from a test done not more than 96 hours prior to the journey, and does not opt for an on-arrival testing facility at the entry airport, will have to compulsorily undergo seven-day institutional quarantine followed by seven-day home quarantine.
On August 2, the Union Health Ministry had said if an international passenger has a negative result from an RT-PCR test done 96 hours prior to the journey, he or she will not need to undergo institutional quarantine in India.