The RT-PCR prerequisite of Mumbai for arrival: information for transit passengers

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The RT-PCR prerequisite of Mumbai for arrival: information for transit passengers

Earlier this week the government of Maharashtra had adopted a new provision to request the submission of negative tests to RT-PCR by citizens from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Goa (sample was taken within 72 hours of scheduled arrival at Maharashtra airport).

This caused a great deal of uncertainty because the rules were not explicitly written up and issued on very short notice (a notice came out for 30 hours for a law demanding at least 72 hours in advance), meaning that the meanings were not straightforward. For eg, there was no news about the need for or not to have this certification for people traveling from another point in North India from Delhi to Mumbai.

Now there appears to be more clarification, as airports have made their meanings ambiguous previously, which may or may not be correct, but would be the rule for the time being. Based on what I hear from Mumbai Airport, I’m writing this post. Here is CSMIA Mumbai’s official statement last night:

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 to undertake the test before exiting the airport.

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. 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.

You will be asked to be checked once on Mumbai Airport before being dropped if you can’t get tested outside Mumbai according to the norms. INR 1,400 are the expense of the exam.

The laws for transit travelers were deeply confusing. Here’s some clarification again from the airport of Mumbai.

Traveling as a transit passenger from one of the above airports such as Delhi Airport: tells you that it is a ride to Lucknow-Delhi-Mumbai or Kullu-Delhi-Pune or a routing that takes you to the Airport only as a transit point, rather than to the exit of the airport. You don’t have to bring a test report in this situation. However, to be allowed to depart the terminal, you must share your boarding pass.

The RT-PCR prerequisite of Mumbai for arrival: information for transit passengers

Rajat Singh
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Rajat Singh is the Editor-in-chief at Bioinformatics India, he is a Master's in Bioinformatics and validates all the data present on this website. Independent of his academic qualifications he is a marketing geek and loves to explore trends in SEO, Keyword research, Web design & UI/UX improvement.

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