Omicron Scare: Goa To Test All International Passengers On Arrival, Reduced Rapid PCR Test Price

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Vishwajit Rane, the Health Minister of Goa on Thursday announced that all international passengers traveling from high-risk countries as well as non-high-risk countries will be tested for Covid-19 on their arrival in Goa.

The announcement comes after a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases due to the highly infectious Omicron variant.

“In view of the rising cases and as per the circular issued by Govt of Goa, we shall be testing all international passengers on arrival, traveling from high-risk countries as well as non-high-risk countries,” said Vishwajit Rane, in a tweet.

Rane also said that earlier the govt of Goa is tested only 2% of passengers traveling from non-high-risk countries. However, the Govt of Goa has now taken a decision in the public interest to test all international passengers.

Capping of Rapid RT-PCR Test

Goa has slashed the rates of Rapid PCR tests being conducted at the airport for international passengers, the state government has approved capping of Rapid RT-PCR test at ₹1500, until further review.

Earlier the cost of the Rapid PCR test at Goa Airport was ₹2400 (results expected in 30-60 minutes).

Goa New Guidelines

The State Govt of Goa on Wednesday issues new guidelines and announced restrictions on travel and other activities.

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As per the latest guidelines only fully vaccinated travelers or those with a negative Covid-19 test report can enter the state.

Moreover, Goa has also imposed restrictions on capacity in Casinos, cinema halls, auditoriums, river cruises, water parks, and entertainment parks and instructed them to operate at a maximum of 50% capacity.


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