India : New guidelines issued in Maharashtra for domestic and international travel

India : New guidelines issued in Maharashtra for domestic and international travel

India : New guidelines issued in Maharashtra for domestic and international travel

As six passengers from ‘at-risk countries’ test positive for Covid19 in Maharashtra, the state government has tightened rules for international travellers making quarantine mandatory for seven days for all those coming from ‘at-risk countries’.

The guidelines cover passengers travelling within Maharashtra, flying from other states, besides at-risk and non-at-risk countries. The rules also apply to those taking connecting flights.

For Air Travel Within the state : Those flying within the state of Maharashtra from one airport to another must be fully vaccinated or mandatorily carry a negative report for an RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours prior to their arrival.

For Inter-state Air Travel : Passengers flying in from other states should mandatorily have a negative report of an RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours of arrival.

For Passengers from At-Risk Countries : International passengers from at-risk countries will have undergo mandatory institutional quarantine and RT-PCR tests on Day 2, 4 and 7. If a test is positive, the person would be shifted to a hospital. Even if all test reports come negative, passengers still need to quarantine themselves for a further seven days at home.

Passengers from non a-risk countries : Travellers from other countries will have to go under a mandatory RT-PCR test at the airport on arrival and if negative, will have to home quarantine for 14 days. If positive, they will be shifted to the hospital.

Connecting flights : For the international passengers who have a connecting flight to any other airport in India (without leaving the airport at all), the passenger shall undergo an RT-PCR test on the first arrival airport in Maharashtra and only if found negative, they will be allowed to board the connecting flight. If the passenger will be taking a connecting flight for another airport within Maharashtra, they will be subjected to the quarantine rules of the state.

As on November 26, at-risk countries include those in Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel. Of these nations, some European countries (including the U.K., Germany, Spain, Belgium, and Italy) South Africa, Botswana, Israel and Hong Kong have confirmed Omicron cases.