In a major relief to the passengers, the Maharashtra govt on Wednesday has announced that it will not require mandatory RT-PCR reports from flyers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
This new rule will be applicable for all domestic and international flyers.
Moreover, the state govt has also increased the interval of validity of the RT-PCR test from 48 hours to 72 hours.
Earlier all passengers traveling to Maharashtra are required to show a negative RT-PCR test report at the airport to enter the state.
“Persons who have been vaccinated with both the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 15 days have lapsed since the administration of the second dose of vaccine and is in possession of a final vaccination certificate issued through the Cowin portal then such person be exempted from the mandatory requirement of possessing a negative RTPCR report on their entry into the State,” the Maharashtra government release said.
The decision comes after Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation requested the Maharashtra government to exempt the RT-PCR negative test report stipulation for passengers arriving in the state from within the country if they are fully vaccinated.
However, those who are not fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 have to follow the RT-PCR test rules for entering into the state.
Mumbai RT-PCR Test Rules
- The Maharashtra government had imposed restrictions on domestic passengers arriving in the state on May 12.
- As per the order, any passenger arriving by any mode of transport was required to carry negative RT-PCR test conducted 72 hours prior to commencing the journey.
- The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai issued directives pertaining to domestic passengers arriving in the city of Mumbai.
- These restrictions were primarily imposed on the passengers arriving from Gujarat, Goa, Delhi, Rajasthan and Kerala.
- Owing to the increase in number of cases, it was decided to impose restrictions on all the passengers arriving in Mumbai from any part of the country.