The first flight carrying residents of Andhra Pradesh would land in Hyderabad from the USA , Today.
More than 20,000 people were expected to be deported from various foreign countries in the next few days, as the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have been eased. However, 30,000 expatriates have said to be registered to return home, where about 65% of them are from Gulf countries.
All those belonging to the state landing in Hyderabad would be directly brought to Vijayawada by buses and quarantined after preliminary screening at the airport, Andhra Pradesh Covid-19 task force committee chairman MT Krishna Babu said.
“In case the number of passengers from a particular district is more than 50, they will be shifted to their respective district for quarantine,” MT Krishna Babu added and informed that a mandatory 14-day quarantine at the centres and 14 more days at home shall be imposed on them.
The State has requested the Ministry of External Affairs to allocate the three international airports in the State — Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati — to receive flights bringing deportees from the foreign.
Visakhapatnam airport will be allocated to north coastal districts and East Godavari; Vijayawada to West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts; and Tirupati to be tagged with Nellore and the four Rayalaseema districts.
A proper medical check-up shall be conducted on these emigrants and if someone is found with symptoms of COVID-19, they will be moved to the nearest COVID-19 Care Centre.
The state government will be providing two options for quarantine – free or paid quarantine – depending on the passengers choice.
If the returnees opt for paid quarantine, state has categorised three facilities by tying up with various hotels. There will be luxury, medium and budget categories with prices Rs 3,000 and more, Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000, and Rs 1,600 to Rs 2,000, respectively.