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Only 1,565 passengers took COVID-19 test at Mumbai airport

Moreover, days after new directives by the state government, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport from November 27 created a dedicated zone inside the airport for domestic passengers arriving from various states without COVID-19 reports.

Only 1,565 passengers took COVID-19 test at Mumbai airport
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It has been a week since the Maharashtra government announced a compulsory Covid-19 RT-PCR test for passengers travelling from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat. According to the reports, only 1,565 domestic passengers arriving at the airport have been tested, so far.

The rules have been implemented since November 25, 2020, but the airport officials are unable to ensure testing for all. As per the rules, everyone arriving in Mumbai without a negative RT-PCR test report from their departure point has to get a test done at their own cost.

Moreover, days after new directives by the state government, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) from November 27 created a dedicated zone inside the airport for domestic passengers arriving from various states without COVID-19 negative reports.

According to reports, on the first day of the implementation of the directives, 120 passengers undertook the RT-PCR test. The airport clarified that only passengers exiting from the Mumbai airport are required to provide their test report. It is not compulsory for the passengers that are in transit.

As per the Maharashtra government rules, the passengers arriving from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan, will have to carry a negative COVID-19 report. In case, they don't have one, they will be required to undergo the RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport at their own expense. Passengers can be directed to the test zone situated close to the bags carousel before exiting the airport, the airport authority stated.

Earlier, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) authority had announced that passengers who are arriving at the airport and take a test for COVID-19 would get food and free Wi-Fi services while they wait for test reports.

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