Tamil Nadu to monitor passengers arriving from at-risk countries

Chennai: Due to the threat of Omicron, the Tamil Nadu Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine has written to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) requesting that passengers travelling at the state's four international airports follow the department's vaccine requirements.

Regardless of vaccination status, Tamil Nadu has made it mandatory for travellers coming from at-risk nations such as South Africa, Botswana, China, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Brazil, Singapore, Israel, and European Union countries such as the United Kingdom.

The T4 terminal at Chennai International Airport has been turned into an exclusive area for testing travellers arriving from these high-risk countries. Passengers will be required to remain at the airport until the results of the testing are known. 450 passengers might be accommodated in this enclosure for testing, according to sources at the Airport Authority of India (AAI).

In a letter to the directors of Chennai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore, and Madurai Airports, the Tamil Nadu Public Health Department stated that if any passengers are found to be symptomatic, they should be isolated and taken to a medical facility in coordination with local medical authorities so that a record of the person who has tested symptomatic can be kept. Passengers arriving from the above-mentioned countries who test negative will be put in home quarantine for a week and will be subjected to a retest after eight days.

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