While the new year brought in renewed possibilities and opportunities for travel in the form of the vaccine, the recent spur in numbers all over India and the world has led to a re-emerging paranoia. No doubt, all of us are desperately waiting to catch a break from staying at home, but before venturing out of your home, city or country, it is imperative that you are up to date with all the travel guidelines.
With the news being bombarded with the sudden increase in the number of cases, the travel guidelines have also been modified in accordance with the situation. The newest change in the guidelines has been in the air travel between Chennai to Mumbai. Owing to a spike in the number of cases in Maharashtra as well as in Chennai, the Tamil Nadu government, in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 has decided to extend the statewide lockdown till 31st March.
The new quarantine guidelines are bound to affect the third busiest airline route. Here’s everything you need to know about the Mumbai-Chennai quarantine regulations.
- Passengers travelling from Mumbai will have to home quarantine for 7 days.
- During this period, they will have to monitor their health. In case they develop breathlessness, fever, cold or cough, they will have to visit the health facility.
- If they test positive for COVID-19 and are symptomatic, they will be taken to a health facility for treatment.
- If the passengers are asymptomatic, they will be taken to COVID-19 Care Centre.
- Any other passenger entering from Mumbai to Chennai, who tests negative and is asymptomatic will be asked to monitor their health for 14 days.
- Those passengers who test negative but are symptomatic will be put under hospital isolation.
- The passengers arriving in Karnataka, West Bengal and Delhi will also have to provide COVID-19 negative reports.
These quarantine rules are expected to affect one of the highest revenue earning airline routes. It will not only domestic travellers but also international, transit passengers. After a relaxation of restrictions on travel in December 2020, the Mumbai-Chennai route had seen a huge increase. However, as a majority of international passengers often travel to Chennai via Mumbai, according to several airlines, a lot of passengers have opted to shift their flights via Delhi. A dip in leisure travel from Mumbai is also expected.
Though the recent travel limitations may hamper your plans, it is significant to keep up with the revised guidelines and follow them. Moreover, owing to the increase in the number of cases, it is important to ensure that all the necessary precautions and preventive measures are taken.