Returning expats without COVID-19 symptoms can remain in home quarantine: K. T. Jaleel


Facilities will be arranged to conduct strict medical checks at airports. COVID-19 test report will be needed to board the flight back to Kerala, the Minister for Higher Education said.

Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Higher Education K. T. Jaleel said that returning expats will be allowed to remain in home quarantine if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19.

Facilities will be arranged to conduct strict medical checks at airports. COVID-19 test report will be needed to board the flight back to Kerala, the minister explained while answering questions from viewers during a program in Mathrubhumi News.

“Only those who wish to return immediately need to come back now. There is no need for a NORKA card to register in the NORKA website to return to Kerala. The registration is to bring the expats back to Kerala and also to inform the union government the number of expats wishing to return if asked. Expats need not register in NORKA if it is not an emergency,” the minister added.

NORKA registration will commence on Sunday evening. COVID-19 test result is not required for the registration. Safety of the website is being inspected. The government is firm on ensuring that the information will not be leaked.

All steps will be taken to ensure the health and safety of the returning expats, their family members and the society. All directives from the central government will be followed. The state government has arranged all facilities to welcome the expats. Around 1.5 lakh beds have been arranged. Service of private hospitals will also be used.

Expats returning to Kerala will have strict travel restrictions. Relatives will not be allowed to welcome them. Only drive will be allowed to travel with the expats in the vehicle.

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