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Covid negative test report is now mandatory to enter various states of India; see full list | India News


NEW DELHI: In the wake of a surge in coronavirus cases in India yet again, several state governments have made a negative Covid-19 test mandatory for travelers upon arrival.
The measure came about because, in the last week, 86% of new virus cases emerged in five states. These include Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Punjab.
Maharashtra and Kerala alone account for 75% of the country’s current active cases after a surge in new infections in recent days.
Here is a list of all the states that now require a negative coronavirus test report from passengers on or before their arrival:
The Delhi government is likely to require travelers from five states, including Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab, to show a negative test report before entering the national capital, authorities said today.
Agents in these states will be asked to verify negative Covid reports from tests conducted up to 72 hours before the flight before allowing passengers to depart for Delhi.
The negative test report requirement is likely to go into effect starting Friday night and will be effective until March 15.
People traveling on flights, trains and buses from these states will need to submit a negative test report before entering Delhi.
The state government ordered a negative RT-PCR certificate that is no longer than 72 hours for those arriving in the state on flights, buses, trains, and personal transportation from Maharashtra.
The report will be verified at the time of boarding by airline staff, said a circular issued by the Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Jawaid Akhtar.
For those traveling by bus, tickets will be issued upon presentation of a negative RT-PCR report or must be checked by the bus driver when boarding those who have booked tickets online, etc.
On trains, TTEs will need to verify the report, he said, adding that a random verification of test reports of people arriving at the tolls / entry point will be conducted for those coming by personal transportation.
In a similar circular, Karnataka earlier this week had issued new guidelines that oblige everyone coming from Kerala to the state to bring a negative RT-PCR test report that is no older than 72 hours.
All incoming passengers from Kerala to Maharashtra will be required to submit negative RT-PCR reports, as per the new standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the Maharashtra government.
Collection of samples by RT-PCR should have been done within 96 hours prior to scheduled arrival in Maharashtra.
Passengers without symptoms will be allowed to enter.
Passengers with symptoms will have the option of returning and going home to recover.
Passengers showing symptoms must be separated and subjected to the Antigen Test.
If the Antigen test is negative, passengers will be able to travel further into Maharashtra.
Passengers who have not been tested or found Covid positive will be referred to the Covid Care Center (CCC) for additional care. The cost of additional care, including the CCC, will be borne by the passenger himself, as previously mentioned in the SOP.
The Pune Municipal Corporation has issued an order forcing passengers arriving from Kerala to undergo an RT-PCR test upon arrival.
The Uttarakhand government yesterday issued an order to make Covid testing mandatory for people coming from five states in the wake of an increase in coronavirus cases in these states.
“Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, travelers from these states are required to undergo tests upon arrival in Uttarakhand at state borders, train stations and Dehradun airport “said the Dehradun district magistrate.
Devotees wishing to attend the upcoming Kumbh Mela should bring a negative RT-PCR test report for Covid-19, in accordance with a standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the Center for the celebration of the religious congregation.
The RT-PCR test must be performed within 72 hours of the date of the visit, indicated in the document from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The Uttarakhand government will ensure that healthcare personnel and other front-line workers involved during Kumbh Mela’s public health and medical operations are vaccinated as a priority.
Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir authorities ordered on February 20 that incoming travelers will not be allowed to leave the airport until their test report is received. Test reports will be issued on the spot before the travelers are released, an official spokesperson said.
The spokesperson further said that it was decided that those travelers whose reports were positive would be isolated to prevent the transmission and spread of the infection among the local population.
In the case, the relevant protocol indicated in the Covid-19 standard operating procedures manual will be followed, he said.
The meeting was informed that those with negative 48-hour RT-PCR reports from their departure cities will not have to undergo testing at Srinagar airport.
The state government has asked authorities to ensure inspection of people entering the state from abroad via various modes of transportation, an official said.
In a directive issued to the division commissioners and district collectors on Monday, the General Administration Department (GAD) has asked them to arrange for Covid-19 detection and contact tracing of people entering Chhattisgarh from other states, he said.
Authorities have been asked to ensure strict adherence to standard operating procedures related to Covid-19 screening for passengers at Raipur and Jagdalpur airports, in particular for travelers arriving from Delhi and Mumbai, it said.
New government guidelines on international travel
The New Guidelines – Before You Travel:
1. As part of the new set of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, all international travelers, except those coming on flights originating in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, must submit a self-declaration form on the Air portal Suvidha before his scheduled trip.
2. International passengers must also upload a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report, with the exception of those traveling to India demanding the death of a family member. To request the exemption, the traveling entity must request it on the online portal www.newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before boarding.
3. The test should have been carried out within 72 hours prior to the trip and each passenger must also submit a statement regarding the authenticity of the report.
4. International travelers arriving through sea / land ports will also need to undergo the same protocol, however the online check-in facility is not available to such passengers at this time.
5. All these clauses will be applicable to travelers coming / transiting from flights originating in the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, except the clauses on testing, quarantine and isolation.
When boarding:
6. All passengers will be advised to download the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices. At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travelers will be able to board after the thermal check.
7. Adequate precautionary measures, such as sanitation and environmental disinfection, will be guaranteed at airports. During boarding, all possible measures must be taken to ensure physical distancing.
8. For those who have to take connecting flights, airlines should keep passengers informed about the need for a minimum transit time of 6-8 hours at the entry airport (in India) for the required tests. and other procedures when booking tickets for connecting flights.
9. Airlines must identify international travelers arriving or transiting through the UK, Brazil and South Africa (during the last 14 days) and separate them during the flight or upon disembarkation to facilitate the authorities to follow due protocol regarding these . Travellers.
10. All travelers arriving from / in transit via flights originating in the UK, Europe or the Middle East are required to undergo self-pay confirmatory molecular tests upon arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry).
11. The state passenger manifest for flights originating in Europe and the Middle East and landing at Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai airports in India during that period will be transmitted by the Immigration Office to the State Government. / Integrated Disease Surveillance Program.
12. International travelers on short stays (less than 14 days) and who have tested negative and remain symptom-free, will be required to undergo all the procedures described above and will be allowed to leave India upon due notice to the your district / state health authorities. subject to meeting the requirements of the airlines and country of destination.
(With inputs from agencies)

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