International flyers no longer need to wait at the Mumbai airport after giving the swab sample.
In a bid to prevent overcrowding at the Mumbai International Airport, BMC has relaxed the SOPs for the arriving international passengers in the city. Now, travellers without a negative coronavirus report, will not have to stay at the airport to get COVID test done, instead will be permitted to go home, after they submit their swab sample to the designated authorities at the city airbase. While confirming the development, the Additional Municipal Commissioner stated that the BMC will release the related notification in two days time.
International travel to Mumbai eased
Currently, all international passengers arriving at the Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaja International airport in Mumbai are permitted to go home, if they've produced a negative COVID-19 report. On the other hand, those without this medical certificate will be escorted by the airport authorities to the COVID-19 test centres, operated by private labs in the airport premises. Here, the travellers have to get themselves tested, incurring the charges of the COVID test themselves and wait for 8 to 24 hours at the airbase until the reports are out.
However, after the new guidelines are implemented, passengers will be allowed to head home after submitting their swab samples at the labs and will be updated about their reports over the phone. These guidelines are already operational for domestic travellers, reaching Mumbai from Goa, Rajasthan, Delhi and Gujarat and will soon be applicable for International travellers as well.
Passengers to benefit from the protocol
Exercising upon the multiple complaints from the travellers, this civic decision will benefit passengers the most. The BMC received several complaints about the problems they have to face due to the mandatory waiting protocol at the airport, which not only causes mental harassment but also burns a hole in their pockets.
The BMC officials have notified that if the COVID-19 report is positive, the municipal authority will notify the passengers themselves, however, individuals will be directly contacted by the lab if the reports conclude negative infection.