A new air travel rule by the Chhattisgarh government makes it mandatory for passengers to produce a negative RT-PCR test report. Such a report must be conducted within 96 hours of boarding the flight. The General Administration Department has issued new rules for air travel passengers to all the Divisional Commissioners, Collectors, Superintendents of Police, and Inspector General of Police.
According to the circular, preventive measures must be taken in order to avert a devastating third wave of the coronavirus.
The new rule for air travellers to Chhattisgarh will be applicable from August 8, and at that point, all passengers from any state in India will be required to carry a COVID 19 negative test report. It must be noted that only those reports from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recognized labs will be applicable. In the event that such reports are from labs that are not recognized by the ICMR, then such passengers will have to go through an RT-PCR test at the airport.
The rule also applies to those passengers who are fully vaccinated. Hence, a negative RT-PCR test report is an absolute necessity when travelling to Chhattisgarh by air.
The circular has also mentioned that the person giving a swab sample for a test at the airport will also have to provide his or her photograph, along with a copy of an ID, and mobile phone number. Chhattisgarh has airports at Raipur, Bilaspur, and Jagdalpur, and the rule is applicable to all three airports.