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RT-PCR Test Needed To Enter These 9 Indian States


RT-PCR test needed to enter these 9 Indian states

While travel across most of India is now largely unrestricted, some states still insist on RT-PCR tests for visitors, especially those arriving by air. In the latest set of changes, Maharashtra now requires travelers from Kerala to get an RT-PCR test before arrival, while those from Maharashtra will need one if they are flying to Karnataka. Here is a round-up of all the states that need you to get tested for COVID-19 on or before arrival:

Maharashtra

  • If you’re travelling to Maharashtra from Gujarat, Delhi – NCR, Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala, you will need a negative RT-PCR test. 
  • This is applicable to all travellers irrespective of whether they are travelling by flights or trains.
  • For air passengers, the test report has to be within 72 hours prior to the flights. For rail passengers, the report should be within 96 hours before their train.
  • Those who do not carry a negative report will have to undergo screening at the airport, and if they display symptoms, then they will have to undergo an antigen test.

Karnataka

  • If you’re travelling to Karnataka from either Maharashtra or Kerala, Covid-19 negative certificate is mandatory. This includes flights, buses, trains or even private vehicles.
  • For air passengers, the test report has to be within 72 hours prior to the flights. For rail passengers, the report should be within 96 hours before their train.
  • The negative RT-PCR report will be verified by airlines’ staff at the time of boarding. In buses, and trains heading towards Maharashtra, conductors and ticket-checkers will be responsible to check negative reports.
  • Even short-term travellers between Maharashtra and Karnataka will have to produce a negative RT-PCR certificate not older than 72 hours.

Uttarakhand

A COVID test will be conducted (free of cost) for passengers arriving from Delhi. Passengers with positive COVID result will be sent to a quarantine centre.

Assam 

All passengers need to conduct a swab or antigen test or arrival.

Meghalaya

Passengers either need to present an RT-PCR test (not earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival) or need to undergo a test at the airport.

Mizoram

Passengers without a negative COVID report from an ICMR-recognised lab will be subject to screening at the entry point with a rapid antigen test.

Odisha

All passengers above the age of 55 years need to present a rapid antigen test on arrival.

Tripura

All passengers must undergo a COVID test on arrival. The test will be done by state health officials. Passengers do not need to pay for the swab test.

Jammu & Kashmir

Passengers from all states arriving in Srinagar will not be allowed to leave the airport unless they provide a negative RT-PCR test. Those whose tests are positive will be isolated to prevent transmission.

Ladakh

A negative COVID-19 report on arrival (not earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival) is required for all passengers arriving into Ladakh.

Lahaul and Spiti

Himachal Pradesh doesn’t need travellers to be tested, but the district of Lahaul and Spiti has some rules

  • All tour operators have to ensure that people travelling to Spiti have a valid RAT/RT-PCR test done at an authorised COVID lab/hospital 72 hours to 96 hours before entering the valley. It is the responsibility of the tour operator to ensure this. 
  • Travellers reaching Spiti independently, including drivers who are unaware of these SOPs, have to report to a government hospital and get a rapid test done. It is the responsibility of the homestay/hotel hosting such travellers to make sure they get tested before they move around for sightseeing. 
  • Entry to Khibber village and Khibber wildlife habitat is prohibited, as the village of Khibber has decided not to host travellers and wildlife enthusiasts for this winter 
  • Lastly, all travellers have to maintain social distancing norms and wear masks outside their hotel/homestay room to make sure they keep themselves and the people of Spiti safe.
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Source: Kuwait Today

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