Mumbai Makes RT-PCR Test Mandatory For All Domestic Passengers Amid Omicron Scare | Latest Travel Guidelines Here

Mumbai Travel Guidelines: This comes hours after the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government mandated a compulsory 7-day institutional quarantine for passengers coming to the state from 'at-risk' nations

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Mumbai: As the threat of 'highly transmissible' new Omicron variant looming large, Mumbai on Wednesday made negative RT-PCR test (not older than 72 hours) mandatory for all domestic passengers. This comes hours after the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government mandated a compulsory 7-day institutional quarantine for passengers coming to the state from 'at-risk' nations. The countries (at risk updated as of November 26, 2021) from where travelers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India include European countries, the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel.

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As per the reports of NDTV, airport authorities have been asked to direct all domestic airlines to not board passengers for Mumbai without a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of departure. However, in case of emergency, testing can be allowed at the Mumbai airport upon the arrival of passengers.

List of restrictions imposed on domestic/international flyers in Maharashtra

For domestic flyers

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- For domestic travel, flyers leaving Mumbai airport will either have to be fully vaccinated or mandatorily carry an RT-PCR test.

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-Those arriving in Maharashtra from other Indian states will have to possess a negative RT-PCR test

-In case of exception, testing may be allowed on arrival at the airport.

For international passengers

- Seven-day institutional quarantine mandatory for travellers arriving in the state from 'at-risk' countries.

-Passengers arriving in the state from 'at-risk' countries will also undergo RT-PCR test on the second, fourth, and seventh day of arrival.

-If a passenger is found to be positive, he or she will be shifted to a hospital.

-Passengers from other than 'at-risk' countries will have to undergo a compulsory RT-PCR test at the airport.

-Even if found negative, they will have to undergo 14-day home quarantine. If found positive, the patient will be shifted to a hospital.

Meanwhile, no cases of Omicron have been reported so far in India so far, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, advising states/UTs not to let their guard down and keep a strict vigil on the international passengers coming to the country through various airports, ports and land border crossings.

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Published Date:December 1, 2021 2:48 PM IST

Updated Date:December 1, 2021 5:00 PM IST

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