Airlines warned against carrying passengers without negative COVID-19 test reports

The Manipur government had mandated persons coming from outside the state to produce negative COVID-19 test reports taken 72 hours before arrival in Manipur.


Imphal Airport (PHOTO: IFP)

The Manipur government on Monday issued a warning to airport authorities, airline services against carrying of passengers without negative RT-PCR/TrueNAAT/COVID-19 test report, stating that penalties will be initiated if they fail to strictly comply with the government order.

The warning notice from the Directorate of Health Services was addressed to the director of Airport Authority of India, Imphal Airport; station manager of Air India, Imphal Airport; airport manager; Indigo Airlines and airport manager of Air Asia, Imphal Airport.

It stated that on Sunday, 269 passengers out of a total of 1,102 passengers arrived at Imphal airport via Air India, Air Asia and Indigo flights without the prescribed COVID-19 tests reports which is clear noncompliance of the government order.

Last week on Thursday, the state government had mandated the persons coming from outside the state to produce negative COVID-19 test reports taken 72 hours before arrival in Manipur through order no MED-17/2/2020/HS/HEALTH, it stated.  

Now, the mentioned airport authorities and airline services are informed to refrain from carrying such passengers without the prescribed COVID-19 test results, it added.

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