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rt-pcr: Maharashtra eases curbs, no test for vaxxed domestic flyers | Mumbai News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: A day after the Centre raised objections to stringent air travel curbs announced by the state, Maharashtra government rolled back most restrictions, including the RT -PCR negative report mandated for inter-state domestic flyers irrespective of their vaccination status.

Now, inter-state domestic flyers who are fully vaccinated will not require an RT-PCR report. Those who have taken a single dose or are unvaccinated will have to produce a negative RT-PCR report with a validity of 72 hours.
And instead of seven-day institutional quarantine for flyers from 12 ‘at risk’ countries, as classified by the Centre, the state has whittled down the condition to travellers from three ‘high-risk countries’-South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
No test for inter-state travellers coming by road
These passengers will have to take a test on arrival and on the 7th day. If they test negative, they will continue in home quarantine for the next seven days; if positive they will be transferred to a hospital. “The categorisation of high risk countries is a dynamic process based on the evolving situation and will be updated as required by the state,” said the notification.
Also, passengers who have visited any of the ‘high risk countries’ in the past 15 days will have to go through a seven-day institutional quarantine.
International flyers from all other countries will now follow the norms laid down by the government of India: a mandatory test on arrival for those from the remaining nine countries at risk, and if negative, to be followed by seven days of home quarantine and a re-test on the 8th day; passengers from all other countries will be allowed to leave the airport and self-monitor their health for 14 days.
“Except for the seven-day institutional quarantine for passengers from the high risk countries, all other guidelines are now in line with the Centre’s norms,” said a senior official. DeputyCM Ajit Pawar said future decisions on Covid-19 SOPs will be taken in consultation with the Union health ministry and the state task force to avoid any confusion.
Following the state’s order, additional municipal commissioner P Velrasu, in a letter to the Mumbai airport CEO, said the December 1 order of the BMC which asked for mandatory RT-PCR even from fully vaccinated domestic flyers stands cancelled.
BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal in a letter to chief secretary Debashish Chakrabarty had proposed an RT-PCR negative report for passengers crossing inter-state borders by road, done within 72 hours of crossing. If an RT-PCR facility is not available, he said such passengers should be tested at the borders. However, this was not accepted by the government.



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