LAHORE: The Punjab health department has notified new procedures for coronavirus screening tests for passengers arriving within the province’s airports, ARY News reported on Friday.
The provincial health department directed the airport administration to disallow passengers for getting to their homes for isolation with exception to those having no symptoms of coronavirus. The travellers will spend 14 days in home isolation who are tested negative for the virus.
The passengers will undergo medical tests conducted by the teams of the Punjab health department at the airports. Moreover, those tested positive for the virus will spend isolation period within the government quarantine facilities.
The new instructions also stated that just one attendant are going to be allowed to receive the passenger at the airports.
Earlier on June 2, within the wake of the government’s decision to resume international flights, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for international passenger and chartered flight operations.
The SOPs are aimed toward minimising the risks related to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the SOPs:
International Passenger Health Declaration form are going to be given to all or any flyers before boarding
Passengers are going to be scanned with thermal devices for Covid-19 before boarding
Any passenger or crewman with high blood heat shall be examined by a health care provider at the airport of embarkation
All passengers are required to wear surgical masks throughout the flight
Temperature of every passenger shall be checked after a niche of 90 minutes
Any passenger having symptoms of COVID-19 must immediately inform the cabin crew.
All cockpit and cabin crew will wear appropriate PEE
Boarding passes shall be issued with a niche of a minimum of one adjacent seat.
All luggage and cargo shall be disinfected by the airline soon after landing
Upon arrival, the passengers and flight crew shall be subjected to thermal scanning
All passengers and crew are going to be tested for COVID-19 soon after landing in Pakistan.
Passengers are going to be transported to quarantine facility upon arrival
Inbound passengers are going to be allowed to settle on between staying in freed from cost government quarantine centres or paid government-regulated hotels/facilities.
Tests are going to be conducted after arrival at the quarantine facility