BMC Will Allow Home Isolation of Overseas Arrivals If Tested Negative On Day 2

BMC Will Allow Home Isolation of Overseas Arrivals If Tested Negative On Day 2

The standard operating procedure or SOP for those reaching Mumbai from overseas has been amended by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Under the new SOP, passengers arriving from abroad can undertake an RT-PCR test on the second day of their arrival and will be allowed to home isolate if the report is negative. The authorities added that this rule will come into effect starting Saturday.

The revised guidelines are part of the Central Government’s August 2 order which allowed passengers to avoid institutional quarantine if they possess a negative COVID-19 test report from no longer than 96 hours prior to the date of travel. 

While international passengers have arrived in large numbers during the coronavirus lockdowns, they were made to stay in private hotels which were turned into quarantine centres by the BMC. 

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The change in SOP will mean that travellers will no longer have to be quarantined at a hotel as long as their report is negative. This will also cut down the hotel expenses for those arriving in the city from other countries.

The BMC also has a system in place to provide exemptions to those in distress particularly if there’s death in the family, a serious illness, or pregnancy. Parents with children below the ages of 10 are also exempted as per the civic body’s guidelines. Those that meet the criteria for exemption will need to register themselves at least 72 hours before their date of journey to make sure there are no delays upon arrival. 

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