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Omicron: Pre-booking of RT-PCR test mandatory at 6 airports in India from today

New-Delhi: There is an alert for the passengers travelling in flights. Six airports in India have made it mandatory for international passengers arriving from ‘at risk’ countries to pre-book the RT-PCR test.

This move comes after the Ministry of Civil Aviation issued instructions last week to contain the spread of the Omicron variant.

These airports are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad.

As per a government notification, the Air Suvidha portal will be modified to accommodate passengers arriving from ‘at risk’ countries or who have visited them within the last 14 days.

The Ministry clarified that this is just the first stage of protocol implementation, and once the said system gets stabilised and facilitates passengers in the pre-booking procedure, the rule will likely be extended to other airports as well.

Travellers can pre-book RT-PCR tests at the Indian Airports: 

1. Visit the official website for the international airport of the city that one is travelling to.

2. Check out the option called ‘Book Covid-19 Test’ on the top panel.

3. Next, you will be required to select a travel type (in this case, international arrival).

4. Then, you will be required to fill up all personal details, such as email ID, name, mobile number, passport number/Aadhaar card, address, time slot, appointment date, etc.

5. After this, one need to select the type of test (in this case, RT-PCR, though Rapid PCR testing is available as well)

6. Follow the instructions displayed on the screen, and book a slot for yourself for the RT-PCR test on arrival at the airport.

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