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BMC revises arrival protocols for int'l travellers in Mumbai amid threat of new COVID strain

In wake of the discovery of a new COVID strain, C.1.2, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has revised and updated the travel norms for international passengers reaching Mumbai. An RT-PCR test is mandatory for all foreign travellers, effective from September 3. As per reports, the new virus mutation was first reported in South Africa and has been detected in about 7 countries so far. As yet, the variant has not been found in India so far, informed government sources.

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BMC waives off mandatory quarantine in Mumbai for int'l flyers who've received COVID shots

In a new set of advisories issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, international travel protocols have witnessed a major alteration. All passengers reaching Mumbai from the UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Brazil can avoid the compulsory institutional quarantine if they have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Besides them, BMC has also waived off the quarantine-on-arrival for people over the age of 65 years, women in an advanced stage of pregnancy and both parents accompanying children below the age of 5 years.

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Get results in just 13 minutes at Mumbai International Airport's 'express' COVID testing facility

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) on Tuesday introduced a new 24x7 COVID-19 testing facility at the airbase premises, which will furnish the results of a COVID-19 test in 'express' 13 minutes. This technique of rapid molecular testing technology by Abbott ID Now has been certified authentic by the standards of the ICMR and costs at a premium of ₹ 4,500.

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New COVID-19 norms for international flyers to ensure social distancing at Mumbai airport

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.

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