Returning to Karnataka after 2-day Maharashtra stay? Fresh rules for waiver of RT-PCR test

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KEY STORY

  • The Karnataka government on Tuesday laid down conditions for waiver of RT-PCR test requirement for those returning to the state within two days of their stay in Maharashtra.
  • As per the fresh guidelines, all travellers are required to produce a valid travel ticket of both to and fro journey to ensure a two-day state in Maharashtra.
  • Those returning from Maharashtra to their home town in Karnataka within two days of stay shall comply with the following requirements for waiver of RT-PCR test /report:
  1. Passengers should have two-dose COVID-19 vaccination certificate and fourteen days should have lapsed after the second dose.
  2.  Passengers shall be strictly free from any symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, cold, cough, throat pain, difficulty in breathing.
  3.  Passengers shall self-monitor their health for seven days on return duly complying with all COVID-19 protocols and get tested immediately if any COVID-19 symptoms develop.
  4. Passengers have to produce a valid travel ticket of both to and fro journey to ensure two days of stay in Maharashtra.
The state government directed the concerned district administration to ensure that the instructions are strictly complied, in the larger interest of public health.
Earlier this month, the state government had said that those who visit Karnataka from Maharashtra for a short duration (two days or less) need not produce negative RT-PCR certificates.

CONCLUSION

However, they were required to carry a two-dose vaccination certificate, mandatorily undergo thermal scanning upon arrival and follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.
The state on Tuesday logged 224 new COVID-19 case and five fatalities, pushing the cumulative number of infections to 29,94,001 and the death toll to 38,182.

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