Quarantine, Covid test mandatory for international travellers arriving in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government said that all international travellers arriving from “at-risk” countries will have to undergo a mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine and take RT-PCR tests for Covid-19 thrice: on the second, fourth, and seventh days of their arrival.

The list of `at risk’ countries is announced by the Union government. According to an updated list, the countries designated as “at-risk” are the European countries, the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

Such passengers will also undergo RT-PCR test on second, fourth and seventh day of arrival, the authority said in its latest guidelines. If a passenger is found to be positive, he or she will be shifted to a hospital.

In case the test is negative, the passenger will still have to undergo seven-day home quarantine.

Passengers from other than at-risk countries will have to undergo compulsory RT-PCR test at the airport. Even if found negative, they will have to undergo 14 days’ home quarantine.

If found positive, the patient will be shifted to a hospital, the guidelines added.

Meanwhile, passengers arriving from high-risk countries at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai will be segregated from those arriving from low-risk countries from December 1.

“Adequate RT-PCR testing facility in international arrivals in form of 48 registration counters and 40 sampling booths,” Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport authorities said.

Six passengers with travel history test positive

Six international passengers from ‘countries at-risk’, meanwhile, tested Covid-19 positive in Maharashtra, authorities said.

Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing to ascertain whether they are Omicron variant or not.

“Two cases have been found in Pimpri-Chinchwad and one each in Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivali, Mira-Bhayandar and Pune,” officials said.

Source – India Today