Delhi International airport gets COVID-19 testing facility

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is preparing to reveal India’s first on-site COVID-19 testing facility for International passengers who have connecting flights via Delhi. The service will begin in the middle of this month, a Delhi International Airport Limited official said.

According to some reports, the 3500 square meter facility has been set up at the multi-level car parking (MLCP) of Terminal 3 in collaboration with Genestrings Diagnostic Centre. It is an important step taken to ensure passengers coming from different countries can obtain a report on their Coronavirus status upon reaching India.

The results of samples collected at the Delhi airport laboratory will be declared within 4-6 hours, as per reports. However, there is no such option for those whose destination city is Delhi itself, said the official. 

“If a transfer passenger traveling from abroad does not for some reason have a Covid-19 negative report, they can get themselves tested at the airport,” the DIAL official said. “The passenger will be isolated at the waiting lounge or may opt to stay in a hotel in the vicinity.  A strict protocol of social distancing will be maintained in the lounge, and those testing negative can continue their onward journey,” the official added.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare guidelines mandate international passengers arriving in India to have their RT-PCR negative certificate.

However, those who could not get the report can now access the facility at Delhi’s IGI Airport.

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