People arriving in the national capital from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will have to undergo 14 days of mandatory institutional quarantine, said an order issued by the Delhi government. This order is applicable for people travelling by flights, trains, buses or cars.
“All persons arriving from the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in NCT of Delhi by airlines, trains, buses, cars, trucks or any other mode of transportation shall have to undergo mandatory government institutional quarantine or paid quarantine for 14 days at facilities established by the concerned district magistrate,” stated the order.
However, those who have been administered both doses of any COVID vaccine or carry a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey, will be required to be home quarantined for seven days, it said.
People who have received the two doses will have to present the vaccination certificate, it said.
Airlines such as IndiGo, Vistara and SpiceJet have informed the travellers about the new rules.
New rules for travellers visiting Delhi from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
– 7-day mandatory quarantine for passengers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana carrying a negative RT-PCR test report or vaccination certificate (after 2 doses)
– 14-day mandatory quarantine for passengers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana travelling without a negative RT-PCR test report or vaccination certificate (after 2 doses)
Virulent COVID-19 variant found in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) stated in the order that a virulent variant of COVID-19 is reported to have been found recently in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The new strain of COVID-19 has a shorter incubation period with a high transmission rate and the progress of the disease is much more rapid in this strain.
New norms for interstate travel
Some states such as Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Kerala have similar orders in places like West Bengal, while others such as Maharashtra have state-specific test requirements.
The West Bengal government had on Tuesday itself issued a directive stating that all flight passengers coming from other states will have to possess a mandatory negative RT-PCR test report conducted within 72 hours of flight departure, to be allowed entry into the state. This directive came into effect on Friday.