Punjab Health Minister, Balbir Singh Sidhu said that International travelers, who do not submit a negative COVID-19 test report on arrival at Airport in India, will be tested by Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) kits for the infection.
If Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) comes negative for COVID-19, then the person may opt for home quarantine.
After the RAT test, these people will get tested for COVID-19 on the fifth day of arrival by RT-PCR as per protocol at their respective districts. After the report, if they test negative, their home quarantine will end.
“They will self-monitor their health for next 7 days and report if any symptoms develop. If RT-PCR for COVID -19 is found to be positive, they shall be assessed clinically and follow the Punjab COVID-19 management protocol,” said Sidhu.
He added that if RAT comes positive for COVID-19, the person may opt for home isolation/government isolation facility or private facility on payment basis and will be treated as per COVID-19 management protocol.
He also said that the person opting for home isolation will submit a consent form stating that he has a facility for home isolation at his residence and he is asymptomatic/mild-symptomatic and not have any morbidity or the comorbid condition is under control.
As per the guidelines, Sidhu said that all international travelers arriving in Punjab through Air/Road travel will submit self-declaration with personal and health details at www.newdelhiairport.in and hand over a copy of the same to State officers.
He said that travelers would also be screened as per the health protocol at the port of entry.
The Minister clarified that the travelers will follow all precautionary measures issued by the Government of Punjab for prevention of COVID-19 spread such as hand hygiene, wearing mask, and maintain social distancing etc.