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.
New travel protocols at Mumbai Airport
Earlier, a stringent regulation was placed in Maharashtra to govern the influx of international travellers in the city. Under this, all travellers reaching the state limits via flights originating from the aforementioned countries had to undergo a compulsory institutional quarantine for 7 days at a state-designated facility. The protocol had to be observed regardless of a prior negative COVID-19 report.
However, the new BMC advisories state that all passengers ailing from serious illnesses and in need of prompt medical attention, including cancer, severe physical disability, mental illness and cerebral palsy are now exempted from quarantine if they have supporting medical documents. Parallelly, medical professionals reaching Mumbai to conduct a life-saving surgery or attend to critical patients have been included in the no-quarantine category. They too have to produce valid documents to support their claim and skip the quarantine.
In view of the high case spike in Maharashtra, where Mumbai is yielding record high coronavirus fresh case tallies every day for the last 4 days, travel protocols remain unaltered for passengers not falling in these categories. These international flyers have to comply with the erstwhile travel protocols - institutional quarantine for 7 days followed by another week of home quarantine.