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7-Day Institutional Quarantine For Fliers From ‘At-Risk’ Nations In Maharashtra

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The Centre’s travel guidelines should be viewed as “minimum restrictions” in Maharashtra.

Bombay:

The Maharashtra government said today that all international passengers arriving from “at risk” countries will be required to undergo a mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine. Sources at Mumbai Airport said the order to place passengers in mandatory isolation facilities would be implemented immediately. Travelers will have to pay for quarantine at designated hotels, a source added. The ordinance may confuse state airports as many passengers are in flight on state route and may not be aware of mandatory institutional quarantine rules and hotel charges. that they would be required to pay.

These passengers will also have to pass RT-PCR tests for Covid three times – on the second, fourth and seventh days after arrival.

Travelers who test positive will be transferred to a hospital while those who test negative will undergo an additional seven days of home quarantine, according to the government order. The state government has said that travel guidelines issued by the Center on Nov. 28 for “Omicron,” the new strain of Covid that has been designated a variant of concern, will act as “minimum restrictions.”

International passengers traveling to the State will be required to submit a declaration detailing the countries they have visited in the last 15 days; this will be verified by immigration upon arrival. Incorrect information will make passengers liable to prosecution under sections of the Disaster Management Act 2005.

Passengers coming from countries other than those designated “at risk” by the Union government will have to undergo RT-PCR tests at the airport on their arrival and undergo two weeks of institutional quarantine at home if the test is negative. . If they are positive, they will be transferred to a hospital.

The list of countries deemed “at risk” now includes the United Kingdom, the 44 countries of Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe , Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

For international passengers who have connecting flights to other airports in India and do not need to leave the airport at all, they will undergo an RT-PCR test at the first arrival airport in Maharashtra and will not be allowed to board the flight only if they test negative. If such a passenger has a connecting flight in the state, they will be subject to the quarantine rules that apply to all other international passengers who land directly in the state.

Domestic passengers traveling within the state will either need to be fully vaccinated or have an RT-PCR test report completed within 48 hours of arrival time. Domestic passengers arriving from other states will be required to complete negative RT-PCR testing within 48 hours of arrival.

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