On 23rd of November, The government of Maharashtra issued new travel guidelines for travellers entering Maharashtra from the states that have been sev
On 23rd of November, The government of Maharashtra issued new travel guidelines for travellers entering Maharashtra from the states that have been severely hit by Covid19 i.e., Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa. The Maharashtra government has made RT-PCR test mandatory for travellers coming from these four states via air, rail or road. Only those passengers who can show a negative Covid test will be allowed to enter the state. Those who fail to show one may be asked to undergo the test at the boarding station or airport at their own cost.
A few days back, Maharashtra Government was planning to ban flyers and rail passengers coming from Delhi as the Covid cases there were continuously rising and passengers from Delhi would have made the situation worse.
The airport authorities have been asked by the Airport Authority of India to check the Covid certificate thoroughly before allowing the passengers to board the flights. The duration between the test and the scheduled journey needs to be no more than 72 hours. The testing centres will be arranged by the airport and the flyers will be charged accordingly. RT-PCR kiosks have been placed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai and the price of the test has been capped at 1400 INR. If the report turns out to be positive, the concerned passenger will be contacted immediately and will be made to undergo home isolation or institution quarantine. The airport operator will be collecting the contact details of the passengers whose test had been done by the airport authorities.
Passengers on the trains that are originating or halting in those four states and coming towards Maharashtra have to show a negative report of the covid report which should have been done not more than 96 hours ago. The passengers will be screened for covid symptoms at the destination stations in Maharashtra. This includes checking the body temperature and symptoms of cough. Although asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to go about their business passengers showing mild symptoms will be asked to undergo a Rapid Antigen test. Those found positive will be sent to Covid Care Centre and the treatment cost has to be borne by that concerned passenger.
The Maharashtra Government has made the collectors of the bordering districts responsible for screening the passengers for Covid symptoms and body temperature and recording them coming from the aforesaid four states. Only the asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to enter the state and those showing symptoms will be given an option to return to their home state for treatment. But if found positive, the passengers will be sent immediately to the Covid care centre. The antigen tests generally take 30 minutes.
These rules have been introduced in light of fresh new cases that have emerged that have led to a huge spike in the overall active cases in Maharashtra. The following eight to ten days are said to be crucial as they would be determining the need for another lockdown in the state.