Coronavirus Covid-19: Indian airports extend passenger screening

24 February 2020 (Last Updated February 26th, 2020 12:46)

Indian aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered the country's international airports to extend passenger screening to all travellers arriving from Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Coronavirus Covid-19: Indian airports extend passenger screening
India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation is headquartered in New Delhi. Credit: आशीष भटनागर.

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Indian aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered the country’s international airports to extend passenger screening to all travellers arriving from Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Airports in India were previously directed to only screen passengers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore.

This move is aimed at limiting the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, which has spread to 32 countries so far.

DGCA stated that the screening should be conducted ‘once they step out of the specific locations at all the airports’.

Self-declaration forms will be filled out by the passengers according to the instructions of the health and family welfare ministry.

Airlines are also directed to conduct in-flight announcements on incoming flights from the ten countries.

Last month, many airports around the world, including in India and the US, started screening passengers arriving from China and Hong Kong.

The Covid-19 epidemic has claimed 2,619 lives and infected more than 79,000 patients around the world. India has reported three confirmed cases, all three of which have been recovered from.