While domestic flights will resume from Monday, May 25, the Indian government has established detailed guidelines for all passengers to ensure a safe journey. All passengers must adhere to government-issued guidelines to contain the spread of the coronavirus for the duration of the trip. Here’s everything you need to know when boarding and disembarking flights.
Below are detailed guidelines for all passengers
Security waiting area
All passengers must proceed to the security zone after security screening. While waiting in the security zone, passengers must maintain social distancing and follow disinfection protocols. The chair marked “not to be used” must strictly not be occupied. All hazardous materials must be disposed of in “yellow colored” disposable garbage cans / bags strategically placed at airports.
At the time of boarding
Passengers should be aware of the various communication media displayed at airports. Safety kits including a three-layer mask and disinfectant should be collected from airlines near the boarding gate. Use the mask and disinfectant provided before proceeding to the boarding gate. Identity cards are a “must” for all passengers. Auto-scan of the electronic boarding pass.
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At the security check
Arrangements have been made at airports to guide passengers through security screening prior to boarding. All passengers need to do is follow the instructions given by the authorities. Only one bag is allowed during the trip.
Inside the plane
Passengers are strictly instructed to follow hygiene and sanitation protocols. Minimize toilet use and avoid non-essential aisle trips. No meals and newspapers will be provided at the time of travel. Any passenger feeling uncomfortable or tired or having respiratory distress must inform the crew members.
Airport to destination
The disembarkation of airlines would be done sequentially. Passengers must follow all instructions given by the crew.
Airport to destination
The passenger must wait in the baggage hold area until the baggage arrives in batches. Passengers in transit will not be allowed to exit the transit area
Airport to destination
Passengers should only hire licensed taxis. Upon arrival at destination, passengers must adhere to health protocols prescribed by the Destination State / UT.
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Statewide SOPs for all passengers
State governments have listed various standard operating procedures (SOPs) for everyone who will be traveling to various states. All passengers must follow the guidelines established by the State of destination.
Assam will quarantine all passengers arriving in the state by air once air travel resumes on May 25. However, pilots and crew members will not be quarantined, even if there is a layover.
The government of Karnataka has decided to place all passengers on inbound domestic flights from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh under 7-day institutional quarantine. Other passengers in the state will be quarantined at home.
Jammu and Kashmir
All passengers coming to J&K by plane / rail will be held in institutional quarantine for 14 days and tested for COVID 19 using the RTPCR test. If they test negative, they will be sent home, if they are positive, sent to the hospital.
It is very important to ensure that passengers entering Goa State by air are requested to carry a negative COVID-19 certificate with all strict measures in place. Goa should lead by example by establishing a comprehensive SOP and implementing strict measures.
Meghalaya citizens arriving by plane or train must register on the COVID portal. Institutional quarantine for up to 48 hours until test results are known.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel announced a mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine for passengers on domestic flights upon arrival
Chief State Minister Capt Amarinder announced a 14-day home quarantine for anyone coming to Punjab by domestic flights, trains and buses
All passengers entering via domestic flights will be quarantined.
States like Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have yet to decide on SOPs as no decision is made whether the states will allow domestic travel to resume.