New Delhi: Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a GMR Group-led consortium on Friday announced a first-of-its-kind portal where India-bound international passengers can apply online for exemption from mandatory institutional quarantine process and fill the mandatory self-declaration form.
A copy of approval or rejection of exemption requests on specific grounds will be emailed to the passengers. Those who would be given exemption from mandatory institutional quarantine can show the same at transfer area after landing at Delhi Airport, and walk out of the airport hassle-free.
The online forms have been developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of External Affairs and the governments of various states and union territories including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Uttrakhand and Madhya Pradesh among others.
As per the MoCA guidelines, this facility will be available for all international arriving passengers from August 8, 2020.
Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, MoCA commented that e-platform prepared by DIAL would be used by all airports in the country and help the states/ health authorities to fast track the process of clearances for international arrivals. This will further facilitate to scale up the number of flights handled at Indian airports.
This process will help passengers avoid the hassle of providing the same set of information and documents to different authorities multiple times as online portal has the smart option to autofill the second application using the previous application’s request number.
Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL, said “Delhi Airport has associated with the Government of India to take an initiative that is crucial for the well-being of all international passengers, who are waiting to come back to India. Having an approved exemption form will not only ease the quarantine process, but also mitigate the problem of inordinate delay while queuing up for quarantine process. Further, passengers can also avoid the hassle of the filling physical copies of the self-declaration twice.”
Passengers would be considered for exemption only if they fall under any one of the five exempted categories – Pregnant women, Suffered a death in the family, Suffering from serious illness (Description to be provided), Parents accompanied by children below 10 years and Covid-19 negative in recent RT-PCR test.
Those seeking exemption under these five specific categories will need to fill the e-form available on the website of Delhi Airport http://www.newdelhiairport.in. They will have to submit it along with supporting documents, including copy of their passports, at least 72 hours before boarding their flights. However, there is no such time capping for passengers filling for the self-declaration form.
All applications will get auto-routed to the respective state government depending upon the first port of arrival. Similarly, all self-declaration applications will be routed to Airport Health Organization (APHO), under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
As per the current government mandate, all passengers arriving by international flights in India must undergo 7 days institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days of home quarantine. It is mandatory for the international passengers to undergo health screening by APHO.