Adhering to the latest directive issued by the Government of India and the state government, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) on Tuesday announced resulting changes, including institutional quarantine, for the passengers travelling via the airport.
Officials said that the Brihanamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) began implementing the new rules from mid-night on Monday. A total of 3 flights arrived from the United Kingdom carrying 591 passengers. The passengers were examined and sent to 5 earmarked hotels near the airport with room rates ranging from Rs. 1,000 to Rs 4,500 a night. Passengers complained of confusion and sought clarifications, many taking to social media to vent their anguish.
Compulsory Institutional Quarantine
Passengers arriving from the Middle East and European countries, irrespective of their further travel plans, will be subjected to mandatory institutional quarantine; any passenger identified as being symptomatic on arrival will be transferred to designated COVID facility for further evaluation.
Passengers arriving from these regions will be transported by state officials to nearby hotels of their preference to undergo institutional quarantine for seven days at their own cost.
As per the guidelines, instead of undergoing a test at the airport, passengers will have to undergo the RT-PCR test during the 5th-7th day of the institutional quarantine at the hotel at their own cost. Passengers with a negative test report will be discharged to observe home quarantine for 7 days. Meanwhile, passengers with a positive report will be directed to continue to quarantine at the same hotel or in a state-designated COVID-19 facility for 14 days.
No Night Curfew At Mumbai Airport
With regard to the night curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. , all operations at CSMIA will continue as scheduled. Passengers travelling to and from the airport during the specified hours will be allowed to proceed onwards as cab services and public transportation will remain operational at all time.
CSMIA has undertaken all necessary precautions to safeguard the well-being of its passengers as well as personnel. The airport has ensured the provision of PPE kits to all staff working at the airport, including those of its stakeholders such as Immigration, and is following stringent safety measures in the wake of the pandemic.
#WATCH | It has been decided that passengers arriving from the United Kingdom on all international flights, till 23.59 hours of 22 December, should be subjected to mandatory RT PCR tests on arrival: Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri pic.twitter.com/VLqCz5g3e8
— ANI (@ANI) December 21, 2020
Virgin Suspends Flights
‘’The Indian Authorities have advised that from 22nd December they will deny entry to passengers travelling from the United Kingdom. This is a temporary measure which the authorities will review on 31st December.
As a result, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend our services between London Heathrow and Delhi and Mumbai. Virgin said customers booked to travel should check their flight status on www.virginatlantic.com. Those who made their booking through a third party or travel agent, should contact them directly with any questions.
We continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation very carefully, including the latest guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), as well as any new entry or quarantine restrictions implemented by the countries we fly to.’’
- We recognise that Covid-19 is an extremely dynamic situation, and that’s why we’re continually reviewing our flying programme, monitoring the travel restrictions that our destination countries have in place,
- We recommend that customers check their flight status and also the latest news on restrictions in our destinations status on www.virginatlantic.com
- Where a flight is cancelled, we’re automatically providing a customer credit equal to the value of the trip and they are also entitled to a refund. For anyone who is away from home should register their details on our away from home page.
ETIHAD AIRWAYS UPDATES TRAVEL RULES
Following an announcement by the National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, effective December 24, 2020, Etihad Airways requires all guests flying from the United Kingdom to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours validity of their flight departure time.
Etihad is the only airline in the world requiring 100% of its passengers to show a negative PCR test before travelling and again on arrival into Abu Dhabi, ensuring peace of mind for all on board.
PCR tests must be conducted at a government accredited medical facility. Suggested facilities can be found at etihad.com.
As many COVID-19 PCR test certificates do not currently show the date and time the test was taken, guests are required to show evidence of this at check-in, for example by presenting their appointment confirmation. Children under 12 and people with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing.
List of Quarantine Hotels in Mumbai, click here.