The Maharashtra government has made a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours before departure a requirement for all domestic travellers in light of the advent of the highly mutated Covid-19 variant Omicron.
“In the case of domestic air travel, travellers travelling within the state must either be completely vaccinated or undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test within 48 hours of arrival…
Negative RTPCR would be required without exception for passengers from other states, according to an order issued by the state government.
Meanwhile, India’s commercial international flights may not resume on December 15, as previously anticipated. “In light of the shifting global landscape with the appearance of new variations of concern,” the decision was made.
The United States is moving to make it mandatory for all air travellers entering the country to have a negative Covid-19 test completed within one day of departure. Saudi Arabia has also confirmed its first case of the Omicron Covid-19 strain, which originated in a north African region. Japan has announced that it will close its borders fully, joining Israel and Morocco in doing so.
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