The BMC order on the obligatory destructive RT-PCR report states that it “must be issued from upto a most of 48 hours earlier than the time of passengers’ entry from any a part of the nation into Maharashtra”. Sonia Bhatia (title modified on request) had her pattern collected on Friday morning and the report was issued at 5.59pm the identical day. She was to fly to Goa on Saturday morning and return on Sunday by a 6.30pm IndiGo departure to Mumbai. However the IndiGo web site specifies that the 48 hour “RT-PCR timeline begins from the report issuance time. Passengers not in possession of the identical can be denied boarding”. Bhatia stated: “The airline officers in Mumbai and Goa stated I had narrowly missed the deadline.” What was worse, she learnt that when flights to Mumbai are delayed, passengers with RT-PCR stories near the 48-hour deadline need to endure a recent take a look at.
However when flying to smaller cities like Goa, a delayed flight too spells bother. In Goa, swabs are collected solely between 10am and 1pm. “My flight was delayed, I missed the deadline for taking take a look at. Goa airport doesn’t have an RT-PCR testing facility. Then once more, in Goa, swabs aren’t collected on Sunday. So now I’ll take a look at on Monday and fly out on Tuesday. Alternatively, I’m making an attempt to e-book myself on a Sunday afternoon flight to Mumbai. How tough journey has grow to be,’’ she stated, including that Maharashtra may no less than deem the PCR report legitimate for 72 hours like most different states.
The BMC order was issued on Could 13, when Covid instances have been excessive. Mentioned a journey agent: “The widespread sample with the state authorities has been, difficulty a journey restriction when Covid instances are excessive after which overlook about it altogether. Covid instances have dropped, many have been vaccinated, however there was no revision, no change to the 48-hour order.”