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Pre-booking RT-PCR test mandatory for int'l passengers landing in Mumbai & 6 other metro cities

On Tuesday, the central government made it mandatory for international passengers to pre-book their RT-PCR tests. This rule, in its first phase, will be implemented in six metro cities in the country, including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. It only applies to passengers who are coming from an 'AT RISK' country or have visited one in the last 14 days. The new system will come into effect from December 20, giving passengers enough time to complete the procedure.

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​Check out the new airport guidelines for int'l & domestic travellers arriving in Maharashtra

Amid the emergent concerns of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced a mandatory quarantine for all international travellers arriving in the state. The guidelines have been made more stringent for travellers flying from at-risk countries, with the imperative of institutional quarantine on arrival.

Travel protocols for domestic travel have also been revised, added reports. Now, all passengers flying within Maharashtra will either have to be fully vaccinated or produce a negative RT-PCR test on arrival, conducted within 48 hours of the time of arrival. On the other hand, people flying to Maharashtra from other Indian states also have to present the negative COVID report, irrespective of vaccination status.

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