Earlier this week, Maharashtra’s Government had implemented a new requirement, asking for people flying in from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa to carry an RT-PCR negative test report (sample taken within 72 hours of scheduled arrival at Maharashtra airport). This caused a lot of confusion since the rules were not clearly drafted, and posted at very short notice (the notification came 30 hours out for a rule which needed 72 hours notice, at least) and hence there was no clarity in the interpretation. For instance, there was no news about if people travelling from another point in North India via Delhi to Mumbai on a flight would need to do this certification or not.
Now, there seems to be some clarity setting in, as airports, clueless before, make their interpretations, which may or may not be correct, but are going to be the norm for now. I’m writing this article based on what I hear from Mumbai Airport. Here is the official statement sent to me by CSMIA Mumbai last evening:
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. Passengers will be directed to the test zone located near the baggage carousel to undertake the test before exiting the airport.
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. Since the implementation of the new directive on 25th November 2020, CSMIA has tested over 200 passengers who have arrived from these earmarked regions, of which none have tested positive for COVID-19.
If you can’t get tested outside Mumbai per the norms, you will be asked to get tested once at Mumbai Airport, before being let go. The cost of the test is INR 1,400.
There was considerable confusion on the rules for transit passengers. Here is some clarity from Mumbai Airport again.
- Travelling from one of the airports above, such as Delhi Airport as a transit passenger: Let’s say you are travelling Lucknow-Delhi-Mumbai or Kullu-Delhi-Pune or some such routing where you used Delhi Airport only as a transit point, and not exiting the airport. In this case, you would not need to be carrying a test report. However, you will need to share both your boarding passes for verification to be able to exit the airport.
Good evening! If you are transiting via Delhi airport and not exiting the airport then you can travel without a report. Also note: You will have to present both the boarding passes on arrivals for verification. We Care, Team CSMIA.
— CSMIA (@CSMIA_Official) November 26, 2020
- Travelling via Mumbai Airport as a transit passenger: Let’s say you are travelling Lucknow-Mumbai-Goa some such routing where you used Mumbai Airport only as a transit point, and not exiting the airport. In this case, you would not need to be carrying a test report.
Good Evening! If you are transiting via Mumbai airport and not exiting the airport then you can travel without a report. We recommend you to pls check the guidelines of the state authorities issued of your final destination. We Care, Team CSMIA.
— CSMIA (@CSMIA_Official) November 26, 2020
If you are travelling to Mumbai via a hub airport such as Delhi, you are not going to need a test report as long as you do not exit the airport. Similarly, if you are using the Mumbai airport to transit to another city, you won’t need a test report as well, as long as you are not exiting the city.
Have you travelled through Mumbai Airport recently and needed to share a CoVid-19 test report?
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