Goa, Odisha & 6 Other Indian States Are Welcoming Fully Vaccinated Travellers Without RT-PCR Tests

by Tania Tarafdar
by Tania Tarafdar 1828

COVID-19 has pushed our lives into an ocean of uncertainty. With numerous rules placed across borders, making a long-distance travel plan is way more complicated now than it was before. There are compulsions of RT-PCR tests, vaccinations, varying quarantine protocols and whatnot. With the rollout of vaccination, various states in India have also updated their rules. But the good news is that many states  and union territories are welcoming fully vaccinated travellers without RT-PCR tests. Here is the list:

1. Odisha

Odisha will allow entry to fully vaccinated travellers without RT-PCR tests. The passengers have to present a COVID vaccination Final Certificate received after taking two doses of vaccination. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to produce negative RT-PCR reports. Those who do not have any reports will have to undergo home or institutional quarantine for 7 days.

2. Bihar

Bihar will allow entry to fully vaccinated travellers without RT-PCR tests. Travellers from Madhya Pradesh, Delhi & NCR, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, and Punjab will need to produce a vaccination certificate. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to produce RT-PCR or RAT negative reports from an ICMR approved lab. Rapid Antigen testing facility will be available at arrivals, free of cost.

3. Chandigarh

Fully vaccinated? You can travel to Chandigarh without the RT-PCR negative test report. If you are not vaccinated, you will need to carry proof of negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours from an ICMR approved laboratory.

4. Chhattisgarh

Passengers travelling to Chhattisgarh should either provide proof of their vaccination certificate or carry an RT-PCR negative report not earlier than 96 hours. Do You Still Need An RT-PCR Test To Travel If You’re Vaccinated? Know The Latest Rules.

5. Goa

Good news here! If you are fully vaccinated, you can travel to Goa without a negative RT-PCR test report. All non-vaccinated passengers arriving in Goa should show proof of negative reports from ICMR accredited labs done within the last 72 hours.

6. Punjab

All passengers arriving in Punjab should carry a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours or have a vaccination certificate over two weeks old. Punjab To Give Vaccines To Students Going Abroad On Priority After Maharashtra & Kerala.

7. Nagaland

All passengers travelling to Nagaland need to have an RT-PCR negative report not earlier than 72 hours or a COVID vaccination certificate that is received after two doses of vaccination.

8. Rajasthan

Are you travelling to Rajasthan? If you are fully vaccinated 28-days before arrival, you will no longer require COVID-19 testing on arrival. Need To Travel Abroad For Education Or Employment? Centre Has Issued These New Rules.

For more updated information on travel during the pandemic, watch out for this space. 

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