Amid a surge in coronavirus infections in some parts of India, state government comes up with the new rules to control here. The Maharashtra government has announced that travellers from Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa will be allowed to enter the state only if they carry a COVID-19 negative test report. This includes those travelling by flights or trains. It’s now compulsory for these travellers to carry an RT-PCR test showing them COVID-19 negative report. If they fail to do so, passengers will have to undergo the test on arrival before they are allowed to proceed onward.
Coming to Maharashtra by flight
“Passengers not having the RT-PCR test report will have to compulsorily undergo RT-PCR tests at concerned airports at their costs. The airport shall arrange the testing centres and charge the passengers directly for testing,” the state said.
For those taking flights, the test has to be done 72 hours before the scheduled time of landing in Maharashtra. For people taking the test at the airport, authorities will collect their contact information and address to facilitate contact in case they turn out to be COVID positive. They will then be contacted and treated as per the protocol.
Coming to Maharashtra by train
Passengers travelling by train to Maharashtra from Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa need to get their samples collected 96 hours before their arrival in Maharashtra. Those who do not have a negative RT-PCR test report will be screened for symptoms, including body temperature, at their point of arrival.
Coming here by road
For those travelling by road, the Maharashtra government has directed district authorities to make arrangements to ensure that people arriving from Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa are tested for symptoms at the state border.
Passengers showing symptoms of the coronavirus will have to undergo an antigen test. Those who test negative will be allowed to enter the state. “Passengers with symptoms shall have the option of turning back and going home to recuperate,” the state said.