Passengers travelling to India from 'at-risk' countries must now pre-book their RT-PCR tests. This rule is applicable from December 20, for passengers arriving in 6 metro cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai & Kolkata.
Aviation ministry announced this rule on December 14 to tackle the rising cases of Omicron variant. The 'Air Suvidha' portal would be modified to allow pre-booking of the tests. Passengers can access the website of their concerned airport through the portal & book the test online
Both RT-PCR & Rapid PCR testing options are available at Rs 500 and Rs 3,500 respectively. Airlines have also been advised to check for mandatory pre-booking of their passengers before boarding.
The list of at-risk countries, as announced by the government last month, includes UK, European nations along with South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Botswana, Ghana, Brazil, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Hong Kong & Israel.
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