Omicron Rules: Passengers At Airport Can Choose Between 2 Tests: 5 Latest Facts


Passengers can undergo either the Rapid PCR and RT-PCR tests at the Delhi airport.

New Delhi:
Airports across the country have enforced strict quarantine and testing rules for international passengers amid concern over the Omicron Covid strain. Passengers have been given the option to undergo either the Rapid PCR and RT-PCR tests.

Here are the top 10 updates on this big story:

  1. At Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, passengers are being charged ₹ 500 for the RT-PCR tests, the test result of which will be available in 5-6 hours, officials told NDTV. Those who opt for Rapid PCR tests need to shell out ₹ 3,900 at the airport. The results of these tests are however available in one hour, the officials added.

  2. Meanwhile, international passengers flying to Chennai from ‘at risk’ countries will need to pay Rs 4,000 for Rapid test while those opting for regular RT-PCR will need to pay Rs 900.

  3. At Mumbai airport, all international passengers from ‘at-risk’ countries will undergo mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine, during which time they must take three RT-PCR tests – on the second, fourth and seventh days after arrival. They will be allowed to leave only after returning negative test results.

  4. International passengers at the Bengaluru airport will be charged Rs 3,000 for Rapid PCR tests. Those who opt for RT-PCR will need to pay Rs 800 per test.

  5. ‘Omicron’ – found in at least 13 countries so far – was declared a variant of concern last week by the WHO with the classification putting it in the same category as globally dominant Delta, and its weaker rivals Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.


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