Directorate of Civil Aviation Punjab permits staggered arrival of flights

Allows only two flights a day at Mohali and Amritsar airport

Airlines to inform all passengers of the quarantine requirements of the respective states before boarding/booking

Chandigarh, July 4:Sharing the final policy for landing of flights carrying Indians stranded abroad at Mohali & Amritsar, Director, Civil Aviation, Punjab Mr. Girish Dayalan informed that requests are being received from various Airlines/ Charter/ Other operators to land flights at Mohali and Amritsar Airport carrying Indians stranded abroad. In view of this, during unlock 2.0 permission would be granted to Airlines/ Charter Services/ Deportation Flights to land on the subject to certain conditions, said he.

Primarily, to facilitate easier transport, the airlines may ensure that the flights carrying the passengers of other States i.e. Haryana, Chandigarh, and HP may land at Mohali while passengers from J&K and HP may land at Amritsar. After consultation with the District Administration, and capacity of handling incoming passengers and ensuring proper Institutional Quarantine (IQ), the arrival of flights may be staggered allowing only 2 flights a day, at either airport. Under exceptional circumstances, more flights may be considered. The respective State Governments may designate their nodal officers from whom NoC/permission is to be sought and who shall be responsible for making arrangements to collect/transport their passengers to their respective states.

The names and the contact details of the nodal officers may be communicated to the office of the Director, Civil Aviation via email. The airlines/charter/any other operators seeking permission shall ensure that if all the passengers in the flight are from the State of Punjab, may apply for permission to the office of the Director, Civil Aviation. If any passengers in the flight are from the states other than Punjab, then before applying for permission to office of Director, Civil Aviation, they shall seek permission/NOC from the nodal officer of the state concerned. They shall also supply an undertaking from the nodal officer of the state concerned that the arrangements for the transport of passengers from the airport to the respective state and further institutional quarantine (in that State) shall be made by the respective State Government. They shall give a soft copy of the flight manifest in the specified format clearly giving a breakup of the passengers of Punjab (clearly mentioning destination district) and passengers from the other states while applying for the permission.

The permission may be applied at least 2 days before the intended date of arrival. This would facilitate coordination with the other districts/other states for movement of these passengers from the airport. Furthermore, all passengers should be informed of the quarantine requirements of the respective state before boarding/booking. All passengers from Punjab shall download Cova App and should make bookings in advance in hotels for their institutional quarantine in their destination districts onthe App. Pertinently, as per guidelines of MHA and Government of Punjab, all international passengers arriving into the State must undergo Institutional Quarantine for seven days followed by Home Quarantine for seven days.

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Advisory issued for incoming persons to Punjab

Chandigarh, July 4:In view of rising cases of Covid-19, the Punjab Government has issued an advisory for all inbound persons traveling to the State of Punjab.This advisory wil be applicable from 7-7-2020.

In accordance with the advisory, Any person whether major or minor coming to Punjab via any mode i.e. Road, rail or air shall henceforth, and till further orders, would be medically screened when he/she enters Punjab and will be required to e-register himself/herself through any of the following means before starting his/her journey to Punjab.

By uploading COVA app on his/her mobile phone & then registering himself/herself & each member of his/her family travelling with him/her.

After that would follow the process of downloading this e-registration slip & pasting it on the windscreen of his/her vehicle if travelling by personal vehicle through road or carry it with him/her on mobile if travelling in public transport or travelling by rail/air OR by logging on to portalhttps://cova.punjab.gov.in/registration & then e-registering all members of his/her family travelling with him/her to Punjab & then following the same process as given in para (3.1) above.

In case any inbound traveler does not undertake the step detailed in paras 3.0 to 3.2 above, then he/she would be asked at border, rail, airport check post while entering Punjab to cooperate with the team of the Punjab Government who would undertake the data capturing process there at the spot itself. Since such process may take a lot of time hence, the Inbound people are requested to follow the instructions of paras 3.0 to 3.2.

Except for frequent travelers, all inbound persons after reaching Punjab will have to undertake a self-quarantine of 14 days & during this period they will have to update their health status daily on COVA app OR would have to call 112 daily. In case they feel they are developing any symptoms of COVID-19, they will have to immediately call 104. For International Travelers, the quarantine woulid be institutional for first 7 days & home for the next 7 days.

Any violation of these instructions will make violators liable for penal action.