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Maharashtra: Quarantine mandatory for travelers coming from countries affected by Omicron variant, RT-PCR test necessary for people coming from other states

Despite full vaccination, RT-PCR has been made mandatory for people coming to Maharashtra from other states. After this order, there is a possibility of massive cancellation of flights.

Passengers will be checked at the airport (indicative picture).

In the wake of the threat of the Omicron variant of Corona, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday made institutional quarantine mandatory for travelers entering the state from “at-risk” countries as well as those coming from other states. Despite full vaccination, RT-PCR has been made mandatory. At the same time, after this order, there is a possibility of massive cancellation of flights to Mumbai.

The chairman of the State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Authority has announced restrictions on air travel in the state with immediate effect. “The guidelines issued by the Government of India on November 28, 2021 as well as any further restrictions, if any, shall act as minimum restrictions to be imposed in future,” reads the order issued. The DCP Immigration and Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) will draft a declaration declaring details of countries traveled in the last 15 days for all passengers arriving on international flights.

7 days institutional quarantine for those coming from at-risk countries

Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) will share the proforma with all airlines and information regarding travel in the last 15 days will be cross-checked by immigration on arrival. Action will be taken on the wrong information given by the passengers under the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. At the same time, international passengers coming from at-risk countries (as announced by the Government of India from time to time) can be deboarded on priority basis and separate counters will be arranged by MIAL and Airport Authority for their screening. All such passengers will have to compulsorily undergo seven-day institutional quarantine and these passengers will undergo RT-PCR test on days 2, 4 and 7.

7 days home quarantine if test negative

The copy of the order reads, “If any of the tests are found positive, the passenger will be shifted to the hospital. In case all the tests are negative, the passenger will have to undergo home quarantine for seven days. Passengers from any country other than at-risk countries will have to mandatorily undergo RT-PCR test at the airport on arrival and will undergo 14-day home quarantine if the test is negative. If found positive, they will be shifted to the hospital.

These rules will be for connecting flights

In case of an international passenger having a connecting flight to any other airport in India (without leaving the airport), the passenger will have to first undergo RT-PCR test in Maharashtra and only if found negative will he/she be allowed to board the connecting flight. will be allowed to climb. The information of such passengers will be conveyed by the airline of the connecting flight to the destination airport before take-off so that the destination airport can make arrangements for the separation of these passengers on arrival.

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