Mumbai Airport revises prices for Covid tests. Details here

MUMBAI : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) on Saturday announced that it has reduced the fee for the rapid PCR test for Covid-19 to ??3,900.

The airport would charge ??4,500 for the rapid PCR test earlier.

Along with this, the normal cost of RT-PCR test ??600 per passenger are also available at the airport, the CSMIA said in a statement.

The reduced RT-PCR test fees will help passengers benefit from the Covid-19 test at minimal cost and allow them a safe and secure journey, the operator of the private airport added.

The aerodrome has set up 100 check-in counters and 60 sampling booths, including 100 Rapid PCR machines, the press release said.

He said a total of 6,732 international passengers, who arrived here from countries “at risk” as well as other countries on Friday, successfully completed their arrival procedures.

Of these, 969 international arriving passengers underwent an RT-PCR test, of which 214 passengers passed the standard RT-PCR test and 755 passengers opted for a rapid PCR test, the CSMIA said.

Stating that since 2 percent of total passengers on the flight must undergo RT-PCR after random arrival at CSMIA on arrival, according to government guidelines, preferably from different countries, he said that these travelers are escorted by the relevant airlines to the RT-PCR test area on arrival.

For each of those passengers (of the 2%) who test positive on the CSMIA RT-PCR test, they are managed according to the established standard protocol and their samples are also sent for genomic sequencing, the CSMIA said. Children under 5 are exempt from pre-arrival and post-arrival testing.

However, if they show symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival or during the home quarantine period, they will undergo testing and be treated according to established protocol, the airport operator said.

In addition, arriving domestic passengers must either be double vaccinated or carry a negative RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours of boarding, he said.

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