Travelling to Bangalore, Karnataka? RT-PCR report must for passengers from Kerala, foreign countries

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Updated: February 16, 2021 8:43 PM

All persons arriving from Kerala to Karnataka are required to compulsorily produce negative RT-PCR certificate not older than 72 hours

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All persons arriving from Kerala to Karnataka are required to compulsorily produce negative RT-PCR certificate not older than 72 hours, the Karnataka Government said today. The state government also said that all International passengers coming to Karnataka, irrespective of their COVID19 vaccination status are required to produce RT-PCR negative certificate and follow COVID19 appropriate behaviour, news agency ANI reported.

It is now mandatory for passengers arriving from South Africa and Brazil to Karnataka to undergo RT-PCR tests and 14 days quarantine in view of two more variants of COVID-19 being identified in these countries.

PTI reported that samples of those in institutional quarantine would be sent to National Institure of Mental Health and Neurosciences here for genome sequencing, a health department release said.

The passengers should undergo the RT-PCR test on arrival at Bengaluru Airport, irrespective of whether they had a negative certificate for the test before boarding the flights.

Also, after 14 days of quarantine, the patient would be discharged, subject to two samples tested through RT-PCR, taken 24 hours apart, turning negative, the PTI report said.

Earlier, the Karnataka government had made it mandatory for all passengers coming from the U.K., where a new strain of the virus was detected, to get the RT-PCR test done on arrival.

The state government’s official release said that all international passengers arriving in Karnataka, irrespective of their COVID vaccination status, should follow the government guidelines on producing the RT- PCR negative certificate.

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