Panaji: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Wednesday issued guidelines for people travelling to and from the state of Goa amid a continuing surge in Covid-19 cases in the state.
The AAI has made it mandatory that anyone who arrives in Goa will have to undergo 14-day home quarantine, though they can also opt for paid institutional quarantine for the same period.
“All passengers shall be required to go for 14 days of home quarantine or can opt for paid Institutional quarantine of 14 days,” the AAI said in its guidelines.
It stated that exemption will be granted in case a “passenger is able to produce a Covid-19 negative certificate issued by ICMR-recognized laboratories, not older than 48 hours prior to the arrival in Goa”.
“Pre-booking of accommodation (hotels registered with the Department of Tourism) is mandatory. Proof of pre-booking for the entire duration of stay will be checked at the entry points. All tourists will have to undergo basic screening at the entry point. Any tourist exhibiting sickness or Covid-19 related symptoms upon arrival will be subjected to a Covid-19 test at designated testing centers/hospitals at the tourist’s cost,” the AAI directive said.
Furthermore, in case a passenger does not possess a valid Covid-19 negative certificate, she/he will be required to undergo testing for Covid-19 at designated testing centers/hospitals.
“Thereafter, they will have to go into self-isolation till the results are received. The isolation facilities will be provided by the accommodation units themselves, where the tourist made a pre-booking. Once results are received, only and if found Covid-19 negative, the tourist shall be allowed to travel outside the isolation facility,” the guidelines said.
But, in case a passenger is found Covid positive, the AAI directive said, “…the accommodation unit will act as per the extant protocol issued by the state health department. All costs for Covid-19 test including the stay at the isolation /quarantine facilities shall be borne by the tourists themselves”.
“Passengers are expected to certify the status of their health through the Aarogya Setu mobile app or a self-declaration form,” it read.