CSMIA Gets Dedicated COVID Testing Zone For Passengers Of 4 States

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Representational photograph. Source: Air India Express

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has created a dedicated zone for domestic passengers arriving from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan who are required to undergo the RT-PCR test upon arrival at the airport.

CSMIA Tests 120 Passengers

Passengers will be directed to the test zone located near the baggage carousel to undertake the test before exiting the airport. A Mumbai Airport official told The Hindustan Times that a total of 120 domestic arrival passengers at the city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport underwent RT-PCR testing on November 25, adding that none of the passengers was found positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

As reported previously by Aviatorsbuzz, in keeping with the latest edict from the State of Maharashtra, passengers arriving at CSMIA from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan are required to provide proof of a negative RT-PCR test prior to boarding their flight or undertake the test upon arrival at Mumbai.

Dedicated COVID Testing: None Positive 

Since the implementation of the new directive on November 25, 2020, CSMIA has tested over 200 passengers who have arrived from these earmarked regions, of which none have tested positive for COVID-19.

Who Should Test 

The order is applicable every passenger arriving from Delhi-NCR, states of Goa, Rajasthan and Gujarat. These states have witnessed increasing number of cases in the past few days.

Passengers From 4 States

Passengers from the 4 states will have to get their RT-PCR sample collection done within 72 hours before the scheduled time of landing at airports in Maharashtra, the state government said in a statement.

“The Airports Authority of India is requested to check for the report before allowing the passengers to board the flight,” the government notification said adding that “Only after taking the test, the passengers will be allowed to go home by the Airport Operator.”

The contact information and address shall be collected for those taking the test at the airport in order to facilitate contact, in case the report comes negative.

COVID Testing

The Hindustan Times said in its report that Maharashtra has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country, nearly the double of the next worst-hit state, Karnataka. The state logged a total of 6,159 new cases on Wednesday, which took its tally of cases due to the disease to 1,795,959, a government health bulletin said.

The tally in the state capital of Mumbai, one of the worst-hit cities, meanwhile, reached 278,590 with 1,144 new cases on Wednesday.

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A passenger getting his RT-PCR test done at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on Wednesday. Source: MIAL

Affected Airports 

  • Pune,
  • Nagpur,
  • Nashik,
  • Shirdi,
  • Jalgaon and
  • Aurangabad

Airports Unaffected 

Kolhapur and Nanded airports will be unaffected by the new Maharashtra government order as they do not receive any flights from from airports in Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Goa.  

New Passenger Rules

All domestic passengers travelling from airports in Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Goa shall carry RT-PCR negative test report with them before boarding and show it to the teams at the arrival airport.
  1. Passengers not having the RT-PCR test reports fulfilling conditions above in 1 and 2, shall compulsorily undergo RT-PCR test at the concerned airports, at their own cost. The Airport shall ring the testing centres and charge the passengers directly for testing.
  2. Only after undertaking the test, the passengers will be allowed to go home by Airport Operator. The Contact information and address shall be collected from all passengers who undergo tests at the airport by Airport operator to facilitate contact, in case the test report comes positive.
  3. Passengers whose report comes positive will be contacted and treated as per the existing protocol.
  4. The concerned Municipal Commissioners will be the Nodal Officers for the same and ensure that the above instructions are followed strictly.

New Rules

The new travel guidelines rolled out by the state government has left travel enthusiasts worried. India Today reported that Imran from Mira Road was planning a weekend in Goa with his family. But now he’s having second thoughts. “I won’t say I am scared but yes I am having doubts. There could be trouble while returning. Plus, I planned to have fun in Goa. Getting a Covid-19 test done will only spoil the mood,” he was quoted as saying.

 

 

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