Thermal screening of passengers from China extended to 7 airports

New Delhi, January 21, 2020

Thermal screening of passengers arriving from China including Hong Kong expanded to seven airports in the wake of the "Novel Corona Virus Diseas" in the neighbouring country.

The passengers should to fill up "Self Reporting Form" before disembarkation. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has directed all logistics support and arrangements to be made immediately with regard to screening of passengers arriving in India.

The additionally identified airports are Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin. Earlier, the three airports at Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata were in the list.

This was in continuation to the Advisory from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and National Centre for Disease Control, Directorate General of Health Services regarding the threat of Novel Corona Virus Disease (nCoV) in Wuhan, Hubei province of China.

MoCA has called for immediate implementation of the action plan and strict adherence by identified airports and all concerned airlines.

In order to facilitate early isolation, in-flight announcements will be made by the airlines (which are directly coming from any airport in China including Hong Kong) requesting passengers with history of fever and cough and history of travel to Wuhan City in the last 14 days to self-declare at the port of arrival or to State Health Authorities.

Airlines staff will guide the passengers in filling up the self-reporting forms before disembarkation so that the filled-up form can be checked by APHO staff on arrival. Airport signage will be displayed boldly at strategic locations of these seven identified airports.

Thermal screening of passengers will be undertaken. The cameras will be installed in the pre-immigration area. Airlines staff will bring the passengers to the health counters before the immigration check.

Operational procedures recommended by International Air Transport Association (IATA) will be followed with regard to managing the suspected communicable disease on board an aircraft.

All passengers and crew who are otherwise healthy should be allowed to continue their onward journey. If any passenger or crew member is confirmed as a probable case of Wuhan Corona Virus, public health authorities would be notified about the contacts using the Passenger Locator Form.

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