PANAJI: Airport Authority of India, Goa, has issued new protocols and guidelines to be followed for International Arrivals in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new protocols will be applicable from today, Dec 24, 2022, till further orders. The passengers found to be symptomatic during on-arrival thermal screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to a designated medical facility as per health protocol.
A sub-section, i.e. 2% of the total passengers in the flight, shall undergo random post-arrival testing at the airport on arrival.
Such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines, preferably from different countries. They will submit the samples and shall be allowed to leave the airport thereafter.
If such travellers’ samples are tested positive, their samples should be further sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network.
They shall be treated and isolated as per laid down standard protocol. Children under 12 years of age are exempted from post-arrival random testing.
However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the period of self-monitoring period, they shall undergo testing and be treated as per the laid down protocol.
Meanwhile, Air Suvidha form filling to declare current health status will be made compulsory for international passengers arriving from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand. Union Health Ministry has also said that RT-PCR tests will be made mandatory for passengers arriving from these countries, and if positive, they will be quarantined.