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Karnataka exempts short-term travellers from Maharashtra from carrying RT-PCR negative certificate

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Health Department says short-term (2-day) visitors from Maharashtra should be asymptomatic, carry double-dose vaccination certificate, undergo thermal scanning on arrival, and observe Covid protocols

BENGALURU:

Adopting a pragmatic approach, the Karnataka government has exempted short-term travellers (2 days or less) from Maharashtra from the mandatory requirement of carrying an RT-PCR negative certificate. However, as a caveat, such travellers should carry a fully-vaccinated certificate as well as a valid return ticket.

In its order dated November 8, 2021, applicable to travellers from Maharashtra (including Mumbai), the state Health Department refers to the meeting of the State Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee on November 6 and states, inter alia, that the data emerging from Karnataka and Maharashtra shows a vast improvement in the Covid-19 situation, (but) the daily caseload and test positivity rate are slightly higher in Maharashtra compared to Karnataka. ‚ÄúTherefore, short-term travellers (2 days or less) from Maharashtra, including Mumbai, to Karnataka by any mode of transport, i.e., road, railways, airways, should carry a Covid-19 vaccination completion certificate for both doses,” the order reads.

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Furthermore, the order says all such arrivals should be asymptomatic (free from fever, cough, cold, throat pain, fever, difficulty in breathing, etc.) and give a self-declaration to the effect while boarding. They should also compulsorily undergo thermal scanning for fever on arrival, wear a face mask and follow Covid Appropriate Behaviour throughout their stay in Bengaluru and Karnataka, the order adds.

The order notes that such short-term travellers from Maharashtra who have strictly complied with the stated requirements may be exempted from the requirement of a mandatory RT-PCR negative test report.

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