Maharashtra Issues New Travel Guidelines, 7-Day Institutional Quarantine For Travelers From ‘At-Risk’ Countries

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Amid the scare of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, the govt of Maharashtra on Tuesday issues new guidelines for both international and domestic travelers.

Guidelines For Travelers From ‘At Risk’ Countries

As per the latest guidelines all international passengers arriving from “At-Risk” countries will have to undergo a mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine. Travelers arriving from such countries will be required to pay for the quarantine at designated hotels.

Moreover, they are also required to take RT-PCR tests for Covid thrice – on the second, fourth, and seventh days after their arrival into the state. Travelers who test positive will be shifted to a hospital.

The order issued by Maharashtra Govt. reads, “If any of the tests are found to be positive, then the passenger shall be shifted to a hospital. In case of all tests coming negative, the passenger will have to undergo a further 7 days of home quarantine.”

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List of ‘At Risk’ Countries

List of Countries from where travelers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing (Countries at-risk)

  1. Countries in Europe including The United Kingdom
  2. South Africa
  3. Brazil
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Botswana
  6. China
  7. Mauritius
  8. New Zealand
  9. Zimbabwe
  10. Singapore
  11. Hong Kong
  12. Israel

International Travelers From All Other Countries

Passengers from any other countries except the at-risk countries will have to mandatorily undergo an RT-PCR test at the airport on arrival and on being found negative, will have to undergo 14 days of home quarantine. In case if any passenger is found positive, he/she will be shifted to the hospital.

In case of an international passenger having a connecting flight to any other airport in India (without leaving the airport at all), the passenger shall undergo an RT-PCR test at the first arrival airport in Maharashtra, and only on being found negative will he be allowed to board the connecting flight.

Information about such passengers shall be passed on by the airline of the connecting flight to the destination airport before take-off so that the destination airport can make arrangements for segregating these passengers on arrival.

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Guidelines For Domestic Travelers

Domestic passengers traveling within the state will either have to be fully vaccinated or carry an RT-PCR test report conducted within 48 hours of the time of arrival.

However, Domestic passengers from other states will have to carry negative RT-PCR tests conducted within 48 hours of arrival.

Here are the full guidelines issued by the Govt of Maharashtra, for all international and domestic travelers.

Maharashtra New Travel Guidelines


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Also Read: India Issues Revised Guidelines For International Arrivals: Testing, Home Quarantine For Passengers From High-Risk Countries

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