Maharashtra makes COVID negative report mandatory for people entering from these four states

Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Monday issued fresh guidelines for passengers arriving in the state from four Covid-hit states in the country.

The new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) ordered by the state government implies to all passengers travelling by rail, air or road from 25 November until further orders.

According to the new guidelines, every passenger arriving from Delhi-NCR, states of Goa, Rajasthan and Gujarat will have to mandatorily carry a Covid-negative (RT-PCR) report while travelling with either rail, road or train.

For domestic air travellers, the RT-PCR sample collection should be done within 72 hours before the scheduled time of landing at airports in Maharashtra, the state government said in a statement.

“The Airports Authority of India is requested to check for the report before allowing the passengers to board the flight,” the government notification said.

“Only after taking the test, the passengers will be allowed to go home by the Airport Operator,” the statement read.

“Passengers not having the RT-PCR test reports will have to compulsorily undergo RT-PCR tests at concerned airports at their own costs. The airport shall arrange the testing centres and charge the passengers directly for testing,” the statement read.

Maharashtra government stated that entry will be allowed to only those passengers without symptoms. “Passengers with symptoms shall have the option of turning back and going home to recuperate,” it added.

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