Mumbai: In view of new mutations of variants of SARS-COV-2, BMC on Thursday said passengers arriving or transiting at Mumbai airport from UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe must be subjected to a self-paid RT-PCR test at a cost of Rs600 on arrival, from September 3. The testing capacity is 600 passengers an hour.
As per the new guidelines, exemptions granted as per earlier circulars will no longer be applicable, like total Covid-19 vaccination and passengers aged above 65.
All other passengers who have to exit Mumbai airport or to take a connecting flight must display their negative RT-PCR test report conducted within 72 hours of the journey and can leave the airport. RT-PCR tests will not be mandatory for such passengers on arrival at Mumbai airport. Passengers have to submit a self-declaration form and undertaking to officers at the Airport and will be subjected to 14 days’ home quarantine. tnn