India’s aviation regulator has mandated health screening of passengers arriving from South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore, additionally to those coming from China and Hong Kong, for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a very notice that each one passenger arriving from these countries is going to be universally screened “once they exit off the required identified aerobridge”.
Airport officials were advised to put signage across the airport and even have self-declaration forms signed and filled by passengers.
Such screening is typically done with a thermal scanner that uses heat sensors to detect high-temperature levels. Passengers suspected of infection are taken to a quarantined area. The screening, initially done at four airports, has not been extended to 21 across the country.
SpiceJet recently said the passenger on its Bangkok-Delhi flight who was quarantined each day earlier at Delhi airport on suspicion of being infected by the virus has tested negative.
Earlier this year, the govt. temporarily suspended all e-visas issued to Chinese nationals as well as people from other nationalities residing in China.
Air India last week evacuated Indians stuck in China, where the coronavirus emerged. the govt had then estimated that about 700 Indian students were studying in several universities in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, and its surrounding areas.
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