Amid the sudden surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, the Patna Airport has now required a negative RT-PCR test report for all passengers coming from Maharashtra, Punjab, and Kerala.
The decision comes after the DM of Patna, Chandrashekhar Singh has written a letter to the director of the Patna Airport to ensure mandatory checking of negative Covid-19 (RT-PCR) test report on the arrival of visitors to Patna.
“Passengers coming from Maharashtra, Punjab, and Kerala are supposed to show a negative test report, issued not late than 72 hours before one’s journey. As these states have witnessed the highest number of Covid-19 cases recently, we are keeping a strict vigil on passengers coming from these states to curb the spread of Covid-19.” Patna district magistrate Chandrashekhar Singh said
He further added “Those who fail to produce RT-PCR test will have to undergo Covid-19 test at the airport and they will be allowed to leave only after testing negative. Airlines are also directed to inform flyers to go for 10 days home quarantine after arrival.“
महाराष्ट्र, पंजाब,केरल से पटना आने वाले यात्रियों को 72घंटे पूर्व तक के RTPCR नेगेटिव रिपोर्ट के साथ ही यात्रा की अनुमति होगी।बिना रिपोर्ट, संबंधित एयरलाइन यात्रा की अनुमति नहीं देगी।यात्रा समाप्ति के बाद 10 दिन का होम क्वारंटाइन होगा @AAI_Official @HardeepSPuri pic.twitter.com/0PSgXj4HwJ— Patna Airport (@aaipatairport) April 14, 2021
Currently, the Patna Airport is operating around 85 domestic flights carrying more than 10,000 passengers on a daily basis.
Patna Airport’s director B C H Negi said the order has already been implemented and passengers coming to Patna from the mentioned states are being home quarantined for 10 days.
He added all Covid-19 safety protocols are being followed at the airport and outbound passengers were also being screened.
“As per guidelines issued by the Airports Authority of India, all passengers are undergoing rapid antigen test upon arrival. In case any passenger traveling from the above-mentioned states fails to furnish a negative Covid-19 report, they undergo a Rapid Antigen Test at the airport. If they are found Covid-19 positive, they are being sent to institutional quarantine and further medical care is provided to them,” said an official of Patna Airport.