Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport ( CSMIA) on Saturday has revised the charges for the Rapid PCR test for Covid-19 at its facility to ₹3,900 from ₹4,500 earlier.
The Rapid RT-PCR test is now available at a charge of ₹3900 per test and the results will be provided in 1-2 hours.
“CSMIA has revised the rates of Rapid PCR ( Fast track), and the passenger can now avail this test at a reduced cost of INR 3900, as against INR 4500 earlier. Along with this, the normal (standard) RT-PCR test, costing INR 600, is also available at CSMIA. The reduced RT-PCR test charges will help passengers to avail the test at a minimal cost and, enable them to have safe and secured travel.”
The CSMIA in a statement said that apart from the Rapid PCR test the normal RT-PCR test is also available at the airport which cost ₹600 per passenger.
Moreover, the Mumbai Airport has set up 100 registration counters and 60 sampling booths, including 100 Rapid PCR machines, the private airport operator added.
Stating that since 2 percent of the total flight passengers are required to undergo RT-PCR test post-arrival testing at random at CSMIA on arrival, as per the Government guidelines, which are identified by the concerned airlines, preferably from different countries, it said that such travelers are escorted by the concerned airlines to RT-PCR testing area on arrival.
For any of these passengers (from among the 2 percent), testing positive in RT-PCR test at CSMIA, they are managed as per the laid down standard protocol and their samples are also sent for Genomic sequencing, CSMIA said.
Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre-and post-arrival testing.
However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the home quarantine period, they will undergo testing and be treated as per laid down protocol, the airport operator stated.
Besides, domestic arriving passengers are required to be double-vaccinated or must carry a negative RT-PCR test carried out within 72 hours before boarding, it said.