Thursday, September 09, 2021

Airport scanner on Mu variant, flyers from 7 nations

Kolkata: The Kolkata Airport authorities will attend a meeting called by the state health department officials on Tuesday to discuss possible changes in Covid testing rules at the airport for the passengers arriving from Bangladesh, South Africa, China, Botswana, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe, where the Mu variant of the virus has been detected.

In a guideline issued last week, the ministry of health and family welfare (MoFHW) has sought mandatory pre- and post-RT-PCR tests for international passengers from these seven countries in addition to the existing norms for travellers through the flights originating from the UK, Europe and Middle East. However, it will be up to the state concerned how the guidelines will be implemented.

Among the countries mentioned, Kolkata has direct connectivity with only Bangladesh, the UK and Middle East. While passengers from the UK and Middle East are required to have a negative RT-PCR report before boarding a flight and thereafter a mandatory RT-PCR test upon arrival in Kolkata, the same rule may be applied for the passengers from Bangladesh, said an airport official. Flight connectivity between India and Bangladesh resumed only on Sunday.

Since September 3, states like Karnataka and Maharashtra have already made it mandatory for passengers from these international destinations to get tested at their own cost upon landing in the airports.

07/09/21 Times of India

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