Ready as much as 8 hours in a crowded area and shelling out Rs 3,500 in case you want a speedy COVID-19 check – that is the fee many are paying for flying into Delhi from overseas underneath the brand new guidelines geared toward stemming the unfold of Covid’s Omicron variant.
Narrating the ordeal, a passenger stated individuals are having to spend as much as two hours in queue to get themselves examined.
Visuals from the worldwide flights terminal confirmed lengthy queues of masked-up passengers ready to get examined with no signal of bodily distancing, with a few of them describing the airport as a “hotspot”.
There are two choices to get examined – passengers pays Rs 3,500 for a Speedy PCR check through which the outcome comes inside 2 hours; the choice is taking a daily RT-PCR check for Rs 500 and spending 6-8 hours ready for the outcome.
The lengthy ready time for the common RT-PCR check outcome, particularly after an extended flight, makes the primary possibility a pure selection, regardless of the excessive price.
That is not all. Add to this a wait of as much as two hours on the immigration desks, additionally crowded.
Regardless of the lengthy wait and the excessive prices, there are questions concerning how successfully the surveillance norms are being applied.
Whereas the passenger’s boarding go has a seven-day dwelling quarantine stamp, no cellphone calls or another type of follow-up has been made up to now 24 hours.
The Delhi airport authorities yesterday introduced that 20 devoted counters have been opened for passengers who pre-book their Speedy PCR or RT-PCR assessments earlier than flying in.
They’ll save the time taken for registration and can proceed immediately for testing, they stated.