GUWAHATI, April 13: The Assam government on Tuesday issued fresh standard operating procedure (SOP) for mandatory Covid-19 tests of all the air passengers arriving in any airports of the state.
“In partial modification of our earlier instructions, now all air passengers arriving in any airport of Assam will have to mandatorily undergo Covid-19 test (both RAT and RT-PCR) excluding the transit passengers,” health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a tweet. Earlier, air passengers from Maharashtra and Karnataka had to undergo mandatory Covid-19 tests.
However, residents of Northeast other than Assam, who are arriving at any airport in Assam from outside and are traveling to any other states, or are transit passengers of intra-Assam and inter-Northeast routes, shall be exempted from testing, provided they are asymptomatic.
Such passengers will be required to produce proof of address in the Northeastern states. Meanwhile, the order, effective immediately, makes it mandatory to undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at the airport. No fee is payable by the passengers for RAT.
If a person is positive, they will have to undergo home isolation or get admitted to a private hospital or government health institute. On the other hand, if a person tests negative, then for a charge of Rs 500, travelers have to undergo an RT-PCR test at the airport.
The passenger will have to undergo home isolation or get admitted to a private or government hospital if the RT-PCR is positive.
“There will be no exemptions from the above mentioned tests in case of any passenger arriving in Assam and all earlier standard exemptions in this connection are hereby withdrawn,” the order stated.
The order also stated that if any person violates the instructions, he or she will be liable to be prosecuted against as per provisions of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides, legal action under section 188 of IPC, and other legal provisions will also be applicable.