Passengers flying to Mumbai, Maharashtra, who have received both the shots of COVID-19 vaccine will no longer need to carry negative RT-PCR test reports, the government said.
Amid rising COVID-19 cases during the deadly second wave in the country, the Maharashtra government had in May imposed restrictions on domestic passengers and asked them to carry a report of negative RT-PCR test conducted 48 hours prior to their journey.
However, as coronavirus cases continue to decline, Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai Iqbal Singh Chahal issued a directive exempting fully vaccinated people to enter the city through the Mumbai airport.
In a letter to Maharashtra chief secretary, Chahal said: “There are many passengers who are taking up journey to Delhi or other business places in the morning and they are returning back on the same day in the evening or next day morning, in such case conducting the RT-PCR test and getting the report becomes impossible.”
He said since the vaccination drive started across the country, many vaccinated people have been requesting to waive off the condition of carrying the negative Covid report.
“In view of above, the domestic passengers who are fully vaccinated may be exempted from carrying negative RT-PCR test report while arriving in Mumbai,” the official added.