Meanwhile, the Ministry of Civil Aviation released a full list of Phase V repatriation flights by the government-owned low cost carrier, Air India Express, The schedule, running all the way till the end of August includes a large number of flights from airports in the UAE and other GCC countries.
One week of this fortnight’s quarantine shall be at institutions, paid for by the passengers, followed by a second week of "isolation at home with self-monitoring of health."
In exceptional cases of human distress, serious illness, death in the family, pregnancy and parents flying in with children below 10 years of age, receiving states shall assess the situation and may permit home quarantine for the entire 14 days.
In such cases those under home quarantine will have to download India’s domestic health monitoring and tracking mobile application known as "Arogya Setu."
The rules for arriving travellers released today were originally drafted by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the end of May, but have been reviewed and put out as the Ministry of Civil Aviation prepares to launch Phase V of its mission for repatriating Indian citizens, this time mostly from the GCC countries.
"On arrival, thermal screening would be carried out of all the passengers by health officials present at the airport. Passengers found to be symptomatic during the screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facilities as per health protocol."
The reiteration by both ministries appears to have been prompted by cases, albeit rare, in which arriving passengers refused to undergo screening upon landing or to proceed for institutional quarantine.
"However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation circular read.
After the medical check-up and the coronavirus test, the passengers will be allowed to go their homes, instead of the quarantine centre, if they do not show any COVID-19 symptoms.
So far the group has arranged about a dozen flights to various Indian cities including Gaya, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur and Kolkata. Latest flight was operated on Saturday to Gaya in Bihar.
“The government of Pakistan is pleased to allow all international passenger operations to/from all airports as available pre-COVID-19. International scheduled flight operations to/from Pakistan will revert to authorisations as per summer-20 scheduling season."
The Hong Kong office of China’s foreign ministry urges Britain to “immediately correct its mistakes” regarding visa policy for those with British National (Overseas) status, it said on Friday.
Britain and Japan formally signed a trade agreement on Friday, marking the UK’s first big post-Brexit deal on trade, as it continues to struggle to agree on a deal with its closest trading partners in the European Union.
President Xi Jinping said on Friday that China will never allow its sovereignty, security and development interests to be undermined, and that the Chinese people are not to be trifled with.