Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru sees immense air traffic, and justifiably so. Home to many global multinationals and dubbed as India’s very own Silicon Valley, this city has taken additional measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus by travellers. Here are all the airport rules you need to keep in mind if you’re entering or exiting the Garden City. By Bayar Jain
Bengaluru Airport Rules
As per a set of guidelines released by Karnataka’s State Government, different rules must be followed when entering or exiting the state. Here’s what you need to know.
For International Air Travel
While outbound international travel is temporarily discontinued nationwide, international arrivals under the Vande Bharat repatriation mission are allowed to enter.
When entering Bengaluru from international lands, passengers will be mandatorily screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the airport, states a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) released by the state government. Moreover, they will also be required to download the Aarogya Setu app, Quarantine Watch app, and Apthamitra app on their phones. Apart from filling and submitting a declaration form, these passengers will also be required to share the history of co-morbidities. Those who test positive on arrival will be required to institutionally quarantine for 14 days or sent to COVID-19-dedicated hospitals – depending upon the extent of infection – while those testing negative have to do so at their homes. Travellers undertaking an onward journey outside the city will have to home quarantine for 14 days.
For Domestic Air Travel
Incoming travellers to Bengaluru first need to apply for a pass here, stating the reason for travel. All incoming passengers will have to undertake a 14-day home quarantine unless specifically mandated for institutional quarantine by authorities. Transit travellers, however, are exempt if they have a valid ticket for an onward journey scheduled for not more than a day later. Domestic travellers leaving the city from the airport need to provide an address and identity proof of the destination.
As per a report by The Indian Express, domestic departures from the city would also be required to follow rules and regulations. The report states that a passenger must wear a face mask and carry a valid printed-boarding pass or e-copy of the same. Before entering the airport premises, passengers will reportedly undergo thermal scanning and a ‘green’ signal will be checked on the Aarogya Setu app. Contactless self-service kiosks, limits on baggage (one check-in and one cabin baggage), and automated self bag-drop facilities are some of the other precautions reportedly introduced.
Notably, as of June 16, Bengaluru is under strict lockdown, according to a tweet by the state’s Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa. This means that all non-essential domestic travel within the city is currently forbidden. In such a scenario, ensure you have a valid flight ticket for the same day with you to make it to the airport hassle-free.