Maharashtra Makes Negative Covid Report Mandatory for Those Travelling from Kerala

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Kerala on Thursday became the fifth state to come on Maharashtra's mandatory RT-PCR test list. In a fresh resolution, the Udhhav Thackeray government extended the Covid-19 guidelines to the southern state, which were till now only applicable for those entering Maharashtra from Gujarat, Delhi-NCR, Goa and Rajasthan.

The order by the state government implies to all passengers travelling by rail, air or road. For domestic air travellers, the RT-PCR sample collection should be done within 72 hours before the scheduled time of landing at airports in Maharashtra.

According to the mandatory RT-PCR test guideline issue by Maharashtra earlier, the Airports Authority of India is requested to check for the report before allowing the passengers to board the flight. "Only after taking the test, the passengers will be allowed to go home by the Airport Operator," the statement read.

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.

On the other hand, passengers arriving in the state via rail will have to carry an RT-PCR negative test report from a sample collected 96 hours before the scheduled arrival in the state.