Maharashtra govt mandates negative RT-PCR report for international travellers

All international passengers arriving in Maharashtra, including those from the European countries, Middle Eastern countries and South Africa, will be in line with the above-mentioned guidelines issued by the Union ministry of health and family welfare, read the issued order by Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte on Friday.

All international passengers arriving in Maharashtra will have to carry a negative RT-PCR report even though they are fully vaccinated, the state government rightly quoted.

All international passengers arriving in Maharashtra, including those from the European countries, Middle Eastern countries and South Africa, will be in line with the above-mentioned guidelines issued by the Union ministry of health and family welfare, read the issued order by Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte on Friday.

Following which the Maharashtra government later issued an official notice that as per the latest guidelines laid out by the Central government, it is compulsory to have a negative RT-PCR test report before stepping into the national boundaries.

The same rule is applicable for international passengers arriving in Maharashtra. Although the passenger has taken two doses of vaccine against COVID-19, the negative report of RT-PCR is mandatory, the statement said.

Maharashtra on Friday reported 4,654 new coronavirus cases and 170 fresh deaths, taking the infection tally to 64,47,442 and the toll to 1,36,900, a state health official had said.

On August 27, the Bihar Health department too mandated a negative COVID report for the passengers travelling from Kerala “If any passenger is not carrying the RT-PCR negative report, we have the provision to send him to an isolation centre for 14 days.”

“Besides Kerala, if any person coming from Maharashtra, he/she will have to undergo testing at the airports and railway stations before being allowed in the city.”

Source Business Standard
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