Kerala issues guidelines to foreign tourists for safe return

Kerala issues guidelines to foreign tourists for safe return

Kochi: Strengthening surveillance and control measures against the coronavirus in Kerala, the state government on Wednesday issued guidelines to ensure safe return of around 5,000 foreign tourists in the southern state.

In view of some countries seeking mandatory certificate stating that the passengers are COVID-19 negative, the state government directed all foreign travellers in the state to contact the COVID-19 district cell which will ensure their sample test for coronavirus.

The testing laboratory will issue them certificate which will enable them to fly to their respective nations.

"The tourist on receiving the certificate to ensure quick departure to their respective countries by following all precautions in health advisory while travelling from their place of stay to the airport, at the airport and in the flight," the guidelines said.

So far, 27 coronavirus cases were reported in Kerala. In the background of the present COVID-19 outbreak, the general public is advised to adhere to health advisories issued by the State Government. Public should follow the cough etiquette by covering the nose and mouth using handkerchief/towel while sneezing/coughing. Do frequent hand washing with soap and water. Those who have arrived from the COVID-19affected countries should remain under strict home isolation.

In order to strengthen the services provided by the State Call centre, three additional lines have been provided which brings the call centre capacity to a total of six lines.

For help, contact the call centre: 0471 2309250, 2309251, 2309252, 2309253, 2309254, 2309255 DISHA: 0471-2552056, 1056

(With inputs from PTI)