Last year, Maharashtra government guidelines for inter-state travel mandated that anyone travelling into Maharashtra from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan need to be evaluated for CoVid-19 before arrival inside the state since late November 2020. Subsequently, Maharashtra has added Kerala to this list in the wake of rising numbers in Kerala. Now, on the same lines, there are new Karnataka Covid Travel rules.
Karnataka now requires that anyone entering the state from Kerala and Maharashtra will be required to present a CoVid-19 negative test before you arrive in Karnataka. This is on account of the increased number of CoVid-19 cases being reported from Kerala and Maharashtra.
The notification states that all those who arrive in Karnataka from Kerala should produce a CoVid-19 negative certificate for checking into a hotel, hostel, resort, etc. The certificate should not be older than 72 hours. Similarly, for air travel, anyone arriving from any airport in Kerala (Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut and Kannur) to Karnataka (Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Hubbali, Belgaum, Bellary and Shimoga), you will now need to present a CoVid-19 negative report not older than 72 hours before the time of departure.
The notification states that all those who arrive in Karnataka from Maharashtra should produce a CoVid-19 negative certificate for travel. The certificate should not be older than 72 hours. For air travel, the airline staff is supposed to check your report before allowing you to board the plane from airports such as Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, amongst others, to arrive at one of the seven airports in Karnataka. This notification is also valid for short travel, such as same-day trips in and out of Karnataka.
Karnataka’s Government has mandated that before you land in the state, you will need to be tested for CoVid-19 and have a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours before arriving in Karnataka. Road and Rail travel has similar notifications. This is now valid for travel from Maharashtra and Kerala.
What do you make of the new Karnataka Covid travel rules?
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