Unlock 5.0: New Travel Safety Guidelines in Maharashtra
by Nitin Jain
by Nitin Jain
After the Unlock 5.0 guidelines, the Maharashtra Government has recently released a state-wise Standard Operating Procedure for people who wish to travel to the state. The guidelines aim to ease the restrictions under Mission Begin Again.
Travel restrictions started easing off from the month of June with Unlock 1.0. The authorities are updating guidelines regularly to let us work and travel with ease. Maharashtra Government, with its Mission Begin Again, has been doing the same in the post-Corona world. With these guidelines, the government has notified the country’s population on the manner in which travel is going to be carried out in the state. The guidelines are for entry into Maharashtra State, and travelling outside the state carry no restrictions.
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Below are the pointers on the latest SOP for road, railways, and air travel in the state of Maharashtra.
Concerned District Collectors of land border districts will make arrangements to ensure that the passengers coming from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Goa are tested for symptoms such as body temperature.
The passengers without any symptoms will be allowed entry into the state. Whereas, passengers with symptoms will have the option to go back to their home in order to recuperate.
Passengers with symptoms will be separated and made to undergo Antigen Test. Only if the Antigen Test comes negative, will the passengers be allowed to enter into Maharashtra.
Passengers not testing or found Covid positive will be sent to a nearby Covid Care Centre for further care. The cost of further care will be borne by passengers.
All rail passengers travelling to Maharashtra by trains originating or having halt at stations in Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Goa will carry with them an RT-PCR negative test report before entering Maharashtra.
The sample collection for RT-PCR report should have been done a maximum of 96 hours before the scheduled arrival in Maharashtra.
Passengers not having the negative RT-PCR test report will be screened for symptoms and body temperature at the alighting railway stations.
The passengers without symptoms are allowed to go home.
Passengers with symptoms will be separated and made to undergo Antigen Test. In case the Antigen test comes negative, the passengers will be allowed to go home.
Passengers not testing or found Covid positive, shall be sent to a nearby Covid Care Centre for further care. The cost of the care will be borne by passengers.
All domestic passengers travelling from airports in Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Goa have to carry RT PCR negative test report with them before boarding from the place of origin. The passengers have to show the report to the teams at the arrival airport. The airport authority has been requested to check for the report before boarding the passengers on a Maharashtra-bound flight.
The sample collection for RT-PCR report should have been done a maximum 72 hours before the scheduled time of landing at airports in Maharashtra.
Passengers not having the RT-PCR test reports would have to compulsorily undergo RT-PCR test at the concerned airports at their own cost. The airports will arrange the testing centres and charge the passengers for testing.
Only after taking the test would the passengers be allowed to go out. The contact information and address of all the passengers who undergo tests at the airport will be collected by the airport operator to facilitate contact if the test report comes positive.
Passengers for whom the report comes positive shall be contacted and treated as per protocol.
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