International passengers from the United Arab Emirates including Dubai arriving at Mumbai airport are no longer required to undergo a seven-day home quarantine or take the RT-PCR upon arrival now. As per a notification issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Sunday, the new directives will come into effect from midnight January 17. All the SOPs applicable to countries other than those in the at-risk category are now applicable to UAE, read reports.
BMC eases travel norms for inbound passengers from UAE
A tweer by BMC read, "Guidelines applicable to international travellers arriving from 'Countries other than Countries at-risk' will now also be applicable to travellers arriving from United Arab Emirates (UAE) including Dubai in Mumbai."
Notably, on December 29, 2021, the authorities had made it mandatory for international passengers arriving from UAE and other at-risk countries to take up the on-arrival RT-PCR test and undergo one-week home quarantine. According to the stipulated guidelines, the residents of Mumbai arriving from Dubai had to go through the quarantine and get an RT-PCR test done on the seventh day. However, with the UAE now out of the at-risk and high-risk category, all these compulsory guidelines are null and void now.
Mumbai COVID update
Witnessing a decline in cases, 7,895 new COVID cases were detected in Mumbai on January 16 taking the active case count to 60,371 patients. According to the daily health bulletin released by the BMC, a total of 21,025 people in the city marked their recovery on Sunday. As a consequence, the cumulative count of recoveries in the city has now climbed to 9,20,387 patients now.