Maharashtra Govt. on Wednesday has provided the freedom to airline crew from the need of carrying an RT-PCR negative test report. Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar informed that the exemption will be followed by respective airlines about covid19 protocols. This operation is permitted by the State Govt. on receiving a request from National Carrier Air India. This order applies on Vande Bharat flights & multiple cargo flights as well.
“In the light of the above state, it is stated that henceforth all on duty cabin crew and cockpit crew of all airlines carrying valid identity cards be exempted from RT-PCR test at all airports in Maharashtra subject to following of necessary Covid-related protocols by the respective airlines in the said regard,” as briefed by the official order.
On November 23rd, the order specified that domestic passengers coming from hotspots of NCR Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat & Goa have to carry RT-PCR negative test reports before boarding. On Monday though, the revised standard operating procedures related to preventive measure stipulated that travellers without reports must go through RT-PCR test at concerned airports at their own expense within 72 hours of their arrival.
The rule will be enforced from Monday on, applicable to air & train arrivals to Maharashtra to check the curve of rising cases. "The passengers without symptoms will be allowed entry. Passengers with symptoms shall have the option of turning back and going to their home to recuperate”, the government said in the order.