Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has amended quarantine rules for cabin crew members.

As per DGCA’s latest directive, cabin crew members who come in direct contact with a Covid-19 positive passenger onboard a flight will have to undergo mandatory 14-day home quarantine. Details of these should be shared by the airline with the concerned Airport Health Organisation for coordinating with respective state governments.

Risk assessment for the crew shall be done by the concerned airline doctor and the crew shall be advised for testing according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines.

All crew members have been advised to download the Aarogya Setu app and monitor their health status through it.

On March 23, DGCA had made it mandatory for the airlines to put the entire crew of a flight under home quarantine in case anyone aboard was tested positive for Covid-19.

However, on June 12, India’s health ministry told airlines that they can decide whether home isolation is required for crew members if anyone tests positive for Covid-19 aboard the flight. The relaxation came after airlines raised concerns over the shortage of crew due to an increasing number of positive cases among passengers.