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Which Indian States Require An RT-PCR Test Report?

  • Author :
  • TATA AIG Team
  • Published on :
  • 18/07/2022

With the rising Covid-19 cases, various union territories and state governments have made it mandatory for travellers to provide a negative RT-PCR test report. Although the ICMR has suggested the state governments allow people without having an RT-PCR report to ease the pressure on labs and hospitals, the state governments have taken matters into their own hands so that they can curb the growing rates of infections.

If you are planning to travel to another state or union territory, it is essential that you check the RT-PCR report requirements and fulfil them to have a hassle-free trip. In addition, it is essential that you follow all the Covid-19 protocols so that you do not get infected. Also, while travelling, do not forget to buy a travel insurance plan that will safeguard you if an emergency arises during your trip. With a travel insurance plan, you can get coverage for situations like a delayed trip, missed flights or trains, accidental medical contingencies, etc.

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Now let us understand the answer to the question — is RT-PCR test mandatory for domestic flights in India? Or do you need an RT-PCR test for inter-state travel?

What is an RT PCR Test for Travel?

An RT-PCR test is considered the most reliable test to check the presence of Sars-COV2, which causes Covid-19 infection in humans. The test is able to check the presence of genetic material from the virus if you get infected and also is able to check for fragments of the genetic material if you no longer have the infection.

Thus, let us get into the details of the RT-PCR test required for which states.

Rules Regarding RT-PCR Test for Interstate Travel

If you are exhibiting symptoms of the Covid-19 infection or you have been within 6 metres of someone who was infected, then getting an RT-PCR test report might be the right thing to do. Also, if you are planning to go to another state, you must check the requirements of the RT PCR test for interstate travel.

This is a simple guide that will help you understand the requirement of an RT PCR report requirement for different states:

  • Assam

If you plan to travel to Assam by train or flight, then you will have to get the RT PCR and RAT test when you enter the state. Even if you get a negative RT PCR test report(negative), you will have to be quarantined for 7 days mandatorily. If you are travelling within Assam or are transit residents of any of the states in the North East, then you are exempt from these testing rules, although you will have to provide evidence of residence and also have to be asymptomatic. Thus, these are the rules regarding the RT PCR test for interstate travel.

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands

If you are wondering which states require the RT-PCR test, Andaman and Nicobar do. If you come to Andaman and Nicobar without a valid RT PCR report(negative), then you will not be allowed to enter. Moreover, the RT PCR report that you produce must not be more than 48 hours before the date of your travel. Also, you will have to take the RAT when you enter the airport, and a 7-day quarantine is also mandatory.

  • Bihar

Anyone who enters the state from Punjab, Maharashtra, and Kerala should produce an RT PCR test report(negative) that must not be more than 72 hours before the date of your travel. If you do not have the report, then you will have to take a RAT at the airport. Also, for people from the states mentioned above, there is a compulsory quarantine for 10 days if they enter Gaya.

  • Chhattisgarh

An RT PCR report(negative) of a test that is not older than 96 hours should be produced. If you are symptomatic, you will be tested at the airport. If the test comes out positive, then you will have to quarantine for 14 days at home compulsorily. These are the rules regarding the RT PCR test for travelling to Chattishgarh.

  • Delhi

Anyone who enters the state from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Telangana should produce an RT PCR test report(negative) that must not be more than 72 hours before the date of your travel.

  • Goa

Anyone who enters the state should produce an RT PCR test report(negative) that must not be more than 72 hours before the date of your travel or has to be vaccinated fully. However, if you have a medical emergency, you might get exempted from the rule, but you need to prove the same. Thus, these are the rules and regulations regarding the RT PCR test for travel.

  • Gujarat

If you are thinking — is RT-PCR test mandatory for domestic flights in India? — here is the answer. Anyone who enters the state by flight should produce an RT PCR test report(negative) that must not be more than 72 hours before the date of your travel. If you do not have that, then a test will be conducted at the airport itself.

  • Jammu and Kashmir

You have to take a test when you enter the airport. Also, 14 days of compulsory quarantine if you are positive.

  • Jharkhand

Travellers who enter the state should produce an RT PCR test report(negative) that must not be more than 72 hours before the date of your travel, and there is also a compulsory quarantine for 7 days. Also, if you are symptomatic, you will have to undergo an RT PCR test.

  • Kerala

Travellers who enter Kerala should produce an RT PCR report(negative) that must not be more than 72 hours before the date of your travel, and there might be a quarantine for 14 days.

  • Madhya Pradesh

Travellers who enter Madhya Pradesh should produce an RT PCR report(negative) that must not be more than 48 hours before the date of your travel.

  • States in the north-east

You have to carry an RT PCR test report that is negative, and also, there is a compulsory quarantine that you need to undertake.

  • Uttarakhand

If you come from Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi, you will be tested for free. However, you have to carry an RT PCR test report that is negative and is not older than 72 hours.

  • Uttar Pradesh

If you come from Maharashtra or Kerala, you have to get an RT PCR test report(negative). If you do not have the report, you will be tested using RAT. Also, you can undergo an RT PCR test by paying from your own pockets.

  • West Bengal

Travellers who enter the state should produce an RT PCR report(negative) that must not be more than 72 hours before the date of your travel, and there is a mandatory quarantine for 14 days for people without a report.

Conclusion

All these regulations have been introduced to deter people from interstate travel, but if you still need to go from one state to another, you should be aware of the requirements of the RT-PCR test for inter-state travel. Also, do not forget to purchase the right travel insurance plan from Tata AIG after comparing plans and calculating the premium that you will pay.

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