New standards for international passengers arriving at Mumbai airport

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MUMBAI: Based on the countries they are from, passengers arriving at Mumbai airport are now segregated for further testing, according to the latest central government standards issued to track the Omicron variant.
The good news for passengers who have to undergo a Rapid RT-PCR is that the airport reduced the fare for this test from Rs 4,500 to Rs 3,900. The new rates came into effect on Saturday.
On Friday, a total of 6,732 international passengers landed at Mumbai Airport. Of those 969 international arriving passengers underwent an RT-PCR test, of which 214 passengers took the standard RT-PCR test and 755 passengers opted for the Rapid PCR test, MIAL said.
Passengers from countries identified by the government as “at risk such as those in Europe including the United Kingdom then South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Brazil, China, Mauritius, New Zealand , Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel are disembarked as a priority. to undergo a PCR test on arrival, MIAL said. Dedicated lanes and counters have been created for these passengers, the airport said.
But those arriving from South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe or passengers who have visited any of these 3 countries in the last 15 days prior to arriving in Maharashtra must undergo a mandatory one-week quarantine in the past. hotel after undergoing an RT-PCR test at the airport. A second test should be performed at the end of the quarantine period. If they test negative, they can leave but must undergo another week of home quarantine.
Travelers from countries excluding those at risk are allowed to leave the airport. According to the standards, they must monitor their health for 14 days after arrival. But a small percentage (2% of the total number of passengers) of them have to undergo an RT-PCR test after random arrival at the airport upon arrival. “The 2% of these travelers on each flight are identified by the airlines concerned (preferably passengers from different countries). These travelers are escorted by the airline to the RT-PCR testing area upon arrival, ”MIAL said.
“Children under 5 are exempt from pre-arrival and post-arrival testing. However, if they show symptoms of Covid upon arrival, they should undergo testing and be treated according to established protocol, ”MIAL said.
MIAL said it has set up 100 recording counters and 60 sampling booths, including 100 rapid PCR machines. If any of the PCR tests are positive, the BMC or state authorities move the affected passenger to a Covid treatment center. Samples from these passengers are also collected for genomic sequencing.


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