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Flying to Mumbai? Check if you Need a Negative COVID-19 Test to Enter

Flying to Mumbai? Check if you Need a Negative COVID-19 Test to Enter
The test zone that has been set up near the baggage carousel at the airport , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

A negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test report is mandatory for travellers from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa. And they can get the test done at the airport itself

OT Staff
November 27 , 2020
02 Min Read

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has created a dedicated zone for domestic passengers arriving from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan who are required to undergo the RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport. Passengers will be directed to the test zone located near the baggage carousel before exiting the airport.

The Maharashtra government has made it mandatory for those entering its borders from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa to be carrying a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test report. The report should not be more than three (four in the case of rail passengers) old.

The regulation was introduced a day after the government mulled over the possibility of restricting movement of people from the aforementioned states. There have been fears that the post-Diwali phase may trigger a fresh wave of Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, which currently has over 84,000 cases. 

READ: Can Rapid COVID-19 Tests Before Flights Cut Down Quarantine?

According to the latest rules rolled out by the Maharashtra government, passengers need to take an RT-PCR test after arriving at the airport. Only then, they will be allowed to enter the city.

Mumbai International Airport Ltd released a statement saying that passengers arriving from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan will be directed to the test zone that has been set up near the baggael carousel. “In keeping with the latest edict from the State of Maharashtra, passengers arriving at CSMIA from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan are required to provide proof of a negative RT-PCR test prior to boarding their flight or undertake the test upon arrival at Mumbai,” the statement said.

Since the implementation of the new directive on 25th November 2020, CSMIA has tested over 200 passengers who have arrived from these earmarked regions, of which none have tested positive for COVID-19.

READ: Travelling to Maharashtra? Don’t Forget the Test

Most governments have made testing and COVID-negative certificates compulsory for air travel. Now several airlines are also considering making vaccination mandatory when the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available

Many airlines companies across the globe, banking on the news that immunisation against COVID-19 virus will become a reality soon, are considering if vaccination for international passengers can be made compulsory.


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