Guwahati: Assam allowed its ‘quick returning’ air passengers to skip the mandatory quarantine only if they leave the city within 72 hours of their arrivals.
In a modification of its order regarding the air passengers departing from the city, the state government has provided relaxations for the air passengers. However, the state government has also warned the passengers of legal action on a violation of the timeline.
The order said, “Any air passenger who departs from Assam within 72 hours of arrival need not undergo quarantine, subject to the condition that the visitor will provide a copy of return ticket indicating his/ her departure within 72 hours.”
In case, the visitor exceeds the 72 hours’ time frame of stay, he/ she will face penal action and shall be placed in quarantine, as per extant norms, the order added.
Besides, the state government has made it mandatory for the air passengers to undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) immediately on their arrival.
“If the test result is negative, he/ she shall be allowed to proceed. If the test result is positive, he/ she shall have to undergo isolation/ treatment as per the protocol for COVID patients. In case of symptomatic visitors, he/ she shall undergo RT-PCR testing also, even if RAT result is negative, and shall remain in isolation till this test result is declared,” said the order.
The visitors were also asked to comply with all hygiene and social distancing norms during the period of his or her stay in Assam.
Earlier, air passengers were asked to undergo a quarantine period of at least 10 days.