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Passengers At Airport Can Choose Between 2 Tests: 5 Latest Facts

Passengers At Airport Can Choose Between 2 Tests: 5 Latest Facts

Passengers can undergo either the Rapid PCR and RT-PCR tests at the Delhi airport.

New Delhi: Airports across the country have enforced strict quarantine and testing rules for international passengers amid concern over the Omicron Covid strain. Passengers have been given the option to undergo either the Rapid PCR and RT-PCR tests.

Here are the top 10 updates on this big story:

  1. At Delhi's  Indira Gandhi International Airport, passengers can undergo RT PCR tests need to pay ₹ 500 for the test. However, the test result will be available in 5-6 hours, officials told. Those who take the Rapid PCR tests need to shell out ₹ 3,900 at the airport. The results of these tests are however available in one hour, the officials added.

  2. International passengers flying to Chennai from 'at risk' countries will need to pay Rs 4,000 for Rapid test. Meanwhile, those opting for regular RT-PCR will need to pay Rs 900.

  3. At Mumbai airport, all international passengers from 'at-risk' countries will undergo mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine, during which time they must take three RT-PCR tests - on the second, fourth and seventh days after arrival. They will be allowed to leave only after returning negative test results.

  4. While RT PCR tests is one of the most widely used methods for detecting COVID-19, Rapid PCR test has the same reliability and sensitivity as the commonly used PCR test, and is one of the most in demand for travel to international destinations.

  5. 'Omicron' - found in at least 13 countries so far - was declared a variant of concern last week by the WHO with the classification putting it in the same category as globally dominant Delta, and its weaker rivals Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.