Large crowds gathered at the immigration counters of Chennai airport after a couple of flights arrived from the Gulf at about the same time.
There were hundreds of passengers jostling and not maintaining any physical distance. Some passengers complained that no proper arrangements were made at the airport for Covid safety.
Only passengers with RT-PCR negative test reports, obtained 72 hours before boarding are allowed to board international flights bound for India. For passengers from certain countries, RT-PCR testing is mandatory on arrival as well.
In spite of the huge crowd, only three immigration counters were open. After protest by some passengers, two more counters were opened.
Chennai, which accounted for around 4,500 cases per day during the second wave in May, now has about 200 cases on an average every day.
Tamil Nadu has fully vaccinated 11.7% of its 6 crore adult population and 46.7 % have taken a single dose.