Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) have launched an on-arrival RT-PCR COVID testing facility for international passengers.
The move comes after the Civil Aviation Ministry stated that international passengers who have to take connecting domestic flights after landing in India will have the option of getting themselves tested for COVID at the airports.
If the test result is negative, they will be allowed to board their connecting domestic flight without undergoing any institutional quarantine.
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Note: As of now, this facility is only for international arrivals at Delhi or Mumbai airports who have to take further connecting flights to an Indian city.
At the Delhi airport, passengers who opt for the test will have to wait in the lounge area of the airport or a designated hotel in the city till their results come. While the COVID test will cost Rs. 2400, the waiting lounge charges are Rs. 2600. Passengers will be served refreshments in the waiting lounge.
The results of the RT-PCR test will be declared within 4-6 hours after sample collection. The waiting lounge established for this purpose at the airport has the capacity to handle 100 passengers at a time. Check the pictures of the lounge below:
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Passengers can book a slot for this facility in advance and even modify it in case they are not able to reach at the appointed time.
At the Mumbai airport, the test will cost Rs.1600 and the results will be available within eight hours. The airport has advised passengers to book their onward flight only after a gap of 8-12 hours.
While waiting for their test reports, the passengers can choose to stay at the waiting lounge with special food and beverage arrangements or opt to book a room at the airport hotel with the approval of the state authorities.
The airport is also planning to launch the 24×7 facility for departing international passengers soon:
International Transit Passengers can now conduct the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 at Terminal 2 Arrivals area, Mumbai Airport.
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— CSMIA (@CSMIA_Official) September 8, 2020
Currently, international arrivals can take a COVID test 96 hours before the journey and apply for exemption on the Air Suvidha portal. If not, they are required to undergo seven days of mandatory institutional quarantine at the city they arrive in, before heading to their final destination city.
The on-arrival testing facility at these two major airports is sure to relieve in-transit passengers and allow them to reach their destinations more conveniently.