What is the new COVID protocol for domestic air passengers? | Web News Observer

What is the new COVID protocol for domestic air passengers?

The outbreak of the second wave of the covid pandemic in the country is coming to an end. In such a situation, states have started removing restrictions with the removal of lockdown. 

Under this, the rules for domestic air travel have also been changed. State governments have also relaxed strict restrictions to make air travel easier, with fewer cases going down.

Know here which state has changed the rules of air travel.


Passengers in Delhi are divided into four categories.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has divided domestic passengers into Yellow, Amber, Orange and Red categories.

In this, passengers coming to Delhi from states suffering from more than five per cent test positivity rate and new variants of corona have been kept in the red category.

These passengers will have to show certificates of taking both doses of the vaccine or RT-PCR negative report. In the absence of these, passengers will have to stay in quarantine for 14 days.


Maharashtra government removed the requirement of RT-PCR report

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, along with the Maharashtra government, has now done away with the requirement of RT-PCR negative reports for passengers arriving in the state by air by administering both doses of the vaccine.

Similarly, passengers returning from Delhi to Maharashtra in the morning and returning in the evening will also not need RT-PCR negative report. On May 12, the Maharashtra government had made RT-PCR negative reports mandatory for people coming to the state.

Himachal Pradesh government also removed the requirement of RT-PCR report

The Himachal Pradesh government has also removed the requirements of RT-PCR negative reports for people coming from any route in the state. After this government’s decision, on June 14, heavy traffic was seen on the Delhi-Himachal road.


Thermal screening of passengers arriving in Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh government has done away with the requirement of RT-PCR negative reports for passengers coming to the state via air.

However, passengers will have to undergo thermal screening after reaching the airport. Similarly, passengers will have to register themselves on the government’s portal (www.spandana.ap.gov.in). Apart from this, people without corona symptoms will have to stay in home quarantine for 14 days.

RT-PCR negative report will have to be shown in Karnataka and West Bengal

The Karnataka government has made 72-hour-old RT-PCR negative reports mandatory for air travellers coming into the state from Maharashtra.


Similarly, the government has directed all airlines to show RT-PCR negative reports or issue boarding passes only to passengers who have taken at least one dose of the vaccine again.

The West Bengal government has also made 72-hour-old RT-PCR negative reports mandatory for passengers arriving in the state.

Those going to Goa will also have to carry RT-PCR negative report

The Goa government has made 72-hour-old RT-PCR negative reports mandatory for passengers arriving by air in the state to prevent the spread of infection.


The Expert Committee of the Government of Goa, in its latest meeting, had recommended that travellers from other states holding certificates of both the doses of the vaccine should be allowed to enter the state without RT-PCR negative reports.

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