Passengers travelling to Punjab to compulsorily register on COVA app

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4

In view of the rising COVID-19 cases, the Punjab government has issued an advisory for all inbound persons travelling to Punjab. This advisory will be applicable from July 7, a press release by the state government read.

In accordance with the advisory, any person, whether major or minor, coming to Punjab via any mode — road, rail or air — shall henceforth and till further orders, would be medically screened when he/she enters the state and will be required to e-register himself/herself through any of the following means before starting his/her journey to Punjab.

The traveller has to download the COVA app on his/her mobile phone and then register himself/herself and every member travelling with them.

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After that would follow the process of downloading an e-registration slip and pasting it on the windscreen of his/her vehicle if travelling via a personal vehicle through road or carry it with on the phone if travelling via public transport.

If the traveller does not have the COVA app, he/she can also log on to the government portal — portal — and then e-register all members of his/her family travelling with them to Punjab. The process of downloading the e-registration slip will follow.

In case any inbound traveller does not follow the advisory, he/she will be asked at the border, railway station, airport check post while entering the state to cooperate with the team of the Punjab government, who would then undertake the data-capturing process at the spot itself.

Since the process may take a lot of time at the border, the passengers have been requested to comply by the advisory to avoid any hassle.

Except for frequent travellers, all inbound persons after reaching Punjab will have to undertake a self-quarantine of 14 days and during this period, they will have to update their health status daily on the COVA app or would have to call the number 112 daily.

In case they feel they are developing any symptoms of COVID-19, they will have to immediately call 104. For international travellers, they will be institutionally quarantined for the first seven days and then under home quarantine for the next seven days.

Any violation of these instructions will make violators liable for penal action.

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