Coronavirus from India: How do quarantine rules differ in major cities?

Almost a month after India resumed domestic flights, there is still some confusion about travel guidelines.

States have chosen to define their own travel notices, constantly changing quarantine rules for passengers.

While most have announced institutional quarantine for symptomatic travelers, some have demanded an additional self-isolation rule.

Here are some of the state quarantine guidelines for passengers arriving

Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (c) visits Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital to inaugurate the Covid-19 helpdesk on June 25, 2020 in New Delhi, India.
Source: BBC

With over 83,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, India’s capital has become the country’s largest hotspot.

All asymptomatic passengers entering Delhi will need to be quarantined or isolated for a week.

They will need to self-monitor their health and, if they develop symptoms of Covid-19, such as a cough or fever, they must inform health authorities.

Travelers who show symptoms of the disease will be isolated and taken to a health facility for a check-up. If they have mild to severe symptoms, they will be admitted to a Covid-19 facility.

People with mild symptoms will have the option of going to a Covid-19 call center or self-isolating at home.

Aargoya Setu, India’s Covid-19 contact tracking application, has become mandatory for all passengers arriving in Delhi.

International passengers will have to pass mandatory tests and seven days of institutional quarantine.

Asymptomatic passengers will be able to return home with medical advice to isolate for a week.

Mumbai

Dharavi slum in Mumbai
Source: BBC

India’s financial capital, Mumbai, recorded almost 76,000 cases of Covid-19 and more than 4,300 deaths.

Asymptomatic passengers arriving here will need to stay home for two weeks. Symptomatic passengers will be transferred to institutional quarantine.

Arriving passengers will be stamped in their hand to indicate that they must be isolated.

Passengers who have arrived in the city for less than a week and have no symptoms will not need to be quarantined.

The tracking application is mandatory for all arriving passengers.

Bangalore

A waiter wearing a face shield and mask serves food to customers sitting in a table divided with transparent panels.
Source: BBC

Bangalore has recorded more than 2,600 cases and 89 deaths from infection to date.

From July 5, the government will impose a complete block on Sundays to contain the spread of the virus.

Passengers arriving from the state of Maharashtra will have to remain in institutional quarantine for seven days, followed by two weeks of self-isolation at home.

In the latest revision of the rules for people arriving from Delhi and Chennai, the three-day institutional quarantine that was previously mandatory was released.

All arrivals from other states will be placed in a 14 day domestic isolation period.

Before arriving, passengers must register on the Seva Sindhu website, the state’s Covid-19 tracking and monitoring website.

Kolkata

Coronavirus isolation ward in Kolkata
Source: BBC

Passengers arriving from five major states – Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu – will be taken to institutional quarantine for 14 days.

All asymptomatic passengers arriving from other states will undergo medical examinations and receive strict two-week home quarantine instructions.

All passengers must complete a declaration form on the local ‘Sadhane App’ for additional follow-up.

Hyderabad

A private security guard checks the temperature of a devotee before mass, in Hyderabad
Source: BBC

After an increase in cases, Hyderabad is planning a 15-day blockade.

The local government has not imposed any quarantine periods for asymptomatic passengers arriving in Hyderabad.

Those showing symptoms of Covid-19 will be sent to institutional quarantine.

Chennai

Chennai accounts for the majority of cases in Tamil Nadu
Source: BBC

A Covid-19 test is mandatory for all passengers arriving in the city.

Asymptomatic travelers from important countries like Maharashtra, Delhi and Gujarat will be sent to the seven-day institutional quarantine, followed by a week of domestic isolation.

For passengers from other states, a 14-day domestic isolation period is recommended.

In addition, all arriving passengers must request a ‘TN e-pass’ approved by the government’s Covid-19 website.

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