CM – Omicron: 6 airports at which passengers from “endangered” nations have to book RT-PCR tests in advance

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Passengers arriving from “vulnerable” nations are expected to book their RT-PCR tests in advance to avoid delays at airports in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

With Omicron cases in India increasing, the government has introduced new travel rules for passengers arriving from “vulnerable” nations. Starting Monday, travelers arriving at international airports in six major cities in India will have to book their RT-PCR tests in advance. These airports include Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru. India’s omicron count has hit 171, with Maharashtra and Delhi recording the most cases, according to reports on Monday. The majority of the cases had a history of travel from high-risk countries or came into contact with those who did.

Only passengers arriving from countries that are considered « at risk » by the Omicron variant and those who are in If you have traveled to these countries in the last 14 days, you need to book the RT-PCR test in advance.

Currently, international airports across India are handling a large volume of incoming passengers from risk countries. Passengers can choose to have either rapid antigen tests or RT-PCR tests, the most reliable tests for detecting Covid-19. However, it took anywhere from one to eight hours for passengers to get the results, resulting in a huge traffic jam and delays at the airports. Pe-booking helps to shorten waiting times and enables better management.

Currently, the rule only applies at six international airports, including the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata and Chennai International Airport. According to a statement from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, this is the first step in the new protocols to contain the spread of Omicron, a new variant of Sarv-CoV-2. The ministry plans to introduce similar rules at all international airports once the mechanism is in place.

The ability to pre-book RT-PCR tickets will soon be available on the official Air Suvidha portal and can be booked digitally. From now on, passengers from risk countries or those who have traveled there in the last 14 days can pre-order their tests on the official websites of the airports they are traveling to. Passengers have to enter some personal details and bookings can even be canceled or postponed. A routine RC-PCR test costs Rs 500 while the rapid PCR tests cost Rs 3,500.

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