The spike in COVID-19 cases isn’t a reassuring thing for the government. Following the rising cases, Maharastra government has issued a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the people who are visiting the state by air, road, or railways. The new rules apply to all the passengers who are coming in from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Goa, and Delhi. As per the new norms, even passengers travelling from trains will require a negative COVID-19 test report. Let’s take a complete look at the new rules that need to be followed by the passengers.
New Rules for Visiting Maharashtra
Any passenger flying to Maharashtra will have to produce a negative RT-PCR test report. The report should be for the sample taken before 72 hours of flying. Those passengers who fail to do this, they will have to go for the RT-PCR test at their own expense at the concerned airports. Only after the test is taken and personal details of the passengers are collected, he/she will be allowed to travel to Maharashtra. This was the rule for passengers travelling from air.
In case you are travelling by road to Maharashtra, at the border of the state, your temperature will be checked. Passengers who don’t show any symptoms will be allowed to enter the state. Passengers who show symptoms will be asked to undergo an Antigen test. If the results are found negative, they will be allowed to travel further, if not, then they will be sent to a Covid Care Centre (CCC).
As for the people travelling by Railways to Maharashtra, even they will have to produce a negative RT-PCR test report when they reach the state. The sample collected for the test should not be old than 96 hours from the time of reaching Maharashtra. Those passengers who test negative shall be allowed to enter the state, but before that even they will have to go through a screening. Passengers who test negative will have to undergo an Antigen test if they show any symptoms.
All these rules are only for passengers travelling from the following states — Gujarat, Rajasthan, Goa, and Delhi.