Bengaluru, Aug 24, 2021: The state government will exempt RT-PCR testing of those arriving from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East in Airports of Karnataka.
It was mandatory for arrivals from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East to undergo RT – PCR test at BIAL, irrespective of the negative test report brought from the originating country / boarding. This requirement was made to minimize the risk of importation of variants from various entry points into Karnataka.
Now, based on prevailing COVID situation , and considering other things the state government has decided to make some exemptions.
- The passengers arriving from UK, Europe and Middle East on arrival at Kempegowda International Airport and other entry airports in Karnataka, shall provide the sample and leave the airport for further compliance as per SoP.
- However, the passengers arriving from Brazil and South Africa shall continue to provide the samples at Kempegowda lnternational Airport / other entry airports and wait for the results in the airport. On testing negative they shall leave the airport.
- However, further actions shall be as per existing SoP. The strict tele-monitoring of these passengers should be ensured. The above protocol shall be periodically reviewed according to the scenario of Covid-19 in the State.
- Therefore, the above recommendations along with follow-up action should be complied strictly, in the larger interest of the public health.