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Ajay Awtaney is the Founder and Editor of Live From A Lounge (LFAL), a pioneering digital platform renowned for publishing news and views about aviation, hotels, passenger experience, loyalty programs, travel trends and frequent travel tips for the Global Indian. He is considered the Indian authority on business travel, luxury travel, frequent flyer miles, loyalty credit cards and travel for Indians around the globe. Ajay is a frequent contributor and commentator on the media as well, including ET Now, BBC, CNBC TV18, NDTV, Conde Nast Traveller and many other outlets.

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Bengaluru repeals requirement for [all] international arrivals to be tested for Covid-19 on arrival

On November 30, 2021, Karnataka mandated that all international arrivals in the state be tested for Covid-19 on arrival. This guideline was intended to be a failsafe over and above the health guidelines from the Indian Government, which mandated testing of people from specific geographies. However, as it turned out, with one testing vendor on the ground, this quickly became a problem with people waiting over 6 hours to get their reports. Karnataka has now scaled down the requirements for testing on arrival As per a new order issued last night, Karnataka has now downgraded the requirements to align with the Central Government’s requirements. The new order issued says, As per the revised protocol, travellers from certain specified countries (based…

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US considering T-1 timeline for testing for everyone arriving into the US, and possible quarantine

The US is considering some big moves on the back of the discovery of the Omicron variant of the CoronaVirus recently. For one, they are most probably shrinking the timeline for a negative test for arrival in the US. Also, other harsher measures are on the table, such as post-arrival testing and quarantine.

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Flying (domestic) into Maharashtra? You need an RT-PCR negative test report here on, even if you are fully vaccinated

Planning to fly into Maharashtra from anywhere inside India? You will now need to present an RT-PCR report to arrive in the state, even if you are fully vaccinated and can present proof for the same. Here are the details of the updated rules and requirements.

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Arriving on international flight to Mumbai Airport? Be prepared for a compulsory 14-day quarantine (including from Europe)

A new requirement from the Government of Maharashtra, effective December 1, 2021, requires all international arrivals to home quarantine + RT-PCR on arrival. In addition, those arriving from at-risk countries will have to undergo a 7-day institutional quarantine.

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Effective Dec 1, India will require post-arrival Covid-19 test and 7-days home quarantine for select countries

India will require travellers arriving into the country from various at-risk countries to be testing on arrival, as well as require a random 2% sample for every international flight to be tested effective December 1, 2021. Here are the details.

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