International flights: Passengers arriving in Maharashtra can skip quarantine process

The ministry of civil aviation and the Maharashtra government on Thursday relaxed quarantine norms framed to prevent further transmission of covid-19 in the state. The move is aimed at abating the stress for passengers arriving at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) and reduce the time taken by them to leave the airport.

Some international passengers arriving at the airport can now skip the compulsory institutional quarantine, CSMIA said. “Concessions on quarantine regulations have been made for international passengers travelling because of an emergency and those who have undertaken an RT-PCR test within 96 hours of their journey. The initiative enables arriving passengers to fill the self-declaration form online at least 72 hours before their scheduled travel to be exempt from institutional quarantine,” said CSMIA.

All inbound international passengers have to undergo two stages of quarantine on arrival, according to the state government’s directives. The passengers have to undergo a seven-day institutional quarantine followed by seven days of home quarantine.

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