After Airports, Railways Tightens Travel Guidelines Amid Omicron Scare

by Tania Tarafdar
After Airports, Railways Tightens Travel Guidelines Amid Omicron Scare

The Omicron scare has brought along new travel guidelines and restrictions. The global scare has compelled a few Indian states to impose stringent rules all over again. Karnataka has tightened rules for travellers arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra. The Karnataka government has also mandated RT-PCR Covid-19 test upon arrival for travellers arriving from South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, railways have also tightened travel guidelines in the wake of the Omicron threat. In a statement, Railways said that it is monitoring PSA plants, maintaining an adequate stock of oxygen cylinders, and ensuring the availability of PPE kits and testing materials. The Railways has stressed that it is taking additional steps to ensure that every worker is vaccinated.

COVID-19 Negative Test Report Mandatory For Travellers From Kerala & Maharashtra

Travellers from Kerala and Maharashtra should provide a COVID-19 negative report upon arrival. The deputy commissioners in the Kerala, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, and Mysuru have been directed to be 100% vigilant at the check posts, taking 100% screening on arrivals from Kerala. Also, students arriving from Kerlala between November 12 and November 27, will be subjected to mandatory RT-PCR tests.

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Uttarakhand Issues Fresh Guidelines For Travellers

Amid growing concern over the new Omicron variant, Uttarakhand has also issued fresh guidelines for travellers entering the state. People travelling from outside the state should undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test at various border entry points over the fears of B.1.1.529.

DG-Health Uttrakhand Dr Tripti Bhaguna issued a notification saying, “All districts instructed that if any passenger coming from outside the state shows symptoms of COVID, then he/she should be tested, and later put under 14-day quarantine if tested positive. COVID testing to be conducted at various border entry points”.

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The notification by the Uttarakhand government comes a day after the Centre revised guidelines for international passengers to India.