Guwahati: The Assam Health and Family Welfare Department on Sunday issued new guidelines (SOP) for passengers arriving in the state by air. The government also revised some of the previous guidelines as per the current COVID-19 situation in the state.
According to the newly revised guidelines, air passengers leaving the state within 72 hours of their arrival does not have to undergo quarantine. However, the government has laid down certain conditions for air passengers.
The visitors will have to provide a copy of the return ticket indicating their departure. They are also required to provide a swab sample for Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) immediately on arrival. If the test results come back negative, then the passenger will be allowed to proceed and if the result comes back positive, then the passenger will have to undergo treatment as per COVID-19 protocols.
Moreover, in the case of symptomatic visitors, RT-PCR tests shall be conducted, even if the rapid antigen test result is negative. The person will have to remain in isolation until the result is out.
The order also stated that it is a must for the visitors to comply with all the hygiene and social distancing norms during the period of their stay in Assam.
The visitors exceeding the 72 hours time frame will face penal action and will be placed in quarantine, as per extant norms.