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RT-PCR test mandatory for UK returnees on arrival at KIA

Bengaluru: With the resumption of passenger flights from the United Kingdom to India, the first flight arrived at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in the early hours on Sunday.

In all 240 passengers arrived on the first flight and are undergoing RT-PCR test in the Airport itself.

Officials said that more than 30 medical staff were involved in the testing inside the terminal.

Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar, had been to the Airport to oversee the arrangement last night.

He said all the necessary arrangements have been put in place by the airport and health department officials and passengers who disembark the plane will have to undergo another round of test which is a mandatory.

“It will take three to four hours for the RT-PCR test reports to come. Once the report comes negative, they will be allowed to go out,” he said, adding that those who test positive will be shifted to designated hospitals for treatment.

India had suspended all passenger flights between the UK and India from December 23 to January 7 as a new variant of Covid-19 was discovered.

The Minister said that all the measures mentioned in the guidelines will be followed strictly and the officials have been given instructions in this regard.

He said that those who are found negative at the airport would be advised quarantine at home for 14 days and will be regularly followed up by the concerned state authorities.

Dr Sudhakar further said that passengers coming from other countries should also be carrying Covid negative reports with mandatory RT-PCR test done 72 hours prior to the start of their journey.

“Those carrying certificates will be allowed to go out after gathering the details of their stay. Those coming without a report will be tested,” he added.


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