NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has set up 20 dedicated counters for arrivals from at risk countries who pre-book their mandatory RT-PCR tests before flying off to Delhi.
The move comes after complaints from many such passengers that they had to line up again even after pre-booking their test. In addition, the 2% arrivals from ‘not-at-risk’ countries, that include US, Canada and UAE, who are randomly selected for testing will not be charged for the same.
“We have increased the seating capacity in waiting area to over 2,000 from 1,400 that was set up on Day 1 when on-arrival testing was made mandatory. Depending on the requirement, we have anywhere between 40 and 60 counters for arrivals from at risk countries and the 2% from not at risk who have to undergo the test. Now 20 counters will be there dedicated for those pre-booked their tests,” said airport sources.
A rapid PCR test at Delhi Airport will now costs Rs 3,500, about 10% less than Rs 3,900 earlier. A number of passengers had been complaining about the price of the rapid test. About 80% of the international arriving passengers from at risk countries opt for Rapid PCR, says Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL).
Tests can be pre-booked at Air Suvidha portal on www.newdelhiairport.in
“DIAL has set up 20 dedicated counters on arrival piers for passengers who have pre-booked their RT-PCR/Rapid PCR test. There will be dedicated queues for these passengers. They will save the time the taken for registration and will proceed directly for testing… allowed for online payment to pre-book the test from the originating airport itself,” DIAL said in a statement.
“DIAL is also facilitating the RT-PCR tests of 2% international arriving passengers who are not from at-risk countries. With DIAL’s facilitation, these tests are being carried out free of cost with no burden on the passengers,” it added.
“A significant number of incoming international passengers at Delhi Airport are pre-booking their Rapid/RT-PCR tests. This number of pre-bookings has been going up ever since the latest testing norms have come into practice. These dedicated counters will help ease the process further for passengers,” DIAL CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar said.
As per IGI Airport data, 2,199 appointments were booked for Rapid PCR test for December 3 and as many as 1,674 RT-PCR appointments were booked for the same day (12 am-11.59 pm).Internet Explorer Channel Network