How To Travel By Air & Rail During Lockdown

After a break of around 2 months, domestic flights resumed from 25 May, 2020. A similar restart would be observed in Railways’ case, where trains will restart from 1 June, 2020 after a brief restart in mid-May. Air and Rail travel would commence with new safety protocols for passengers.

Crux of the Matter

Air Travel – What To Keep In Mind?
Following protocols would have to be observed by the passengers for domestic flights:

  • Thermal scanning would be mandatory.
  • Aarogya-Setu app is compulsory for passengers.
  • Passengers from containment zones would not be allowed to the flight.
  • Flights would be operating at 1/3rd of the total capacity to maintain social distancing norms.
  • Reporting time would be 2 hours before the departure to facilitate testing.
  • Only 1 cabin bag and 1 check-in bag would be allowed.
  • A face mask is compulsory for the airport and during the flight journey.
  • Only online check-ins would be available to avoid physical contact.
  • All baggage would be sanitized.
  • No provision of meals on the flight.
  • Passengers would be allowed to bring dry food but advised not to eat in the flight as the process would require the removal of safety masks.

Different States, Different Measures
Different states have applied different measures for quarantine as well as the number of operating flights.

All passengers would be put on a 14-day quarantine, with the passengers being distributed equally in home quarantine and government quarantine.

Jammu & Kashmir
All passengers would be put in govt quarantine for 14 days. Afterward, they would be tested for the Coronavirus and would be allowed to leave only if found negative.

West Bengal
West Bengal would be starting flights from 28 May due to the recent cyclone Amphan. The state would begin with 20 flights daily.

All passengers would be put in home quarantine for 14 days.

Maharashtra would be allowing only 25 takeoffs and 25 landings per day initially, with the number to be increased in due time.

Railways To Resume With Protocols
Indian Railways would resume 200 trains from 1 June 2020 after a 2 months hiatus with a brief restart occurring in mid-May. The trains would have both A/C and non-A/C coaches. Bookings would be done only online, with no provision of offline reservations currently. Similarly, no tatkal or premium booking would be available. Passengers have to report 1.5 hours before the departure time for safety procedures. Thermal scanning would be compulsory, and only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed. The first chart would be prepared 4 hours before the departure time.

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