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India: Maharashtra and Kerala ease entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers

Maharashtra and Kerala have issued new guidelines regarding entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers.

No need of negative RT-PCR report

As per the latest guidelines issued by the government of Maharashtra, passengers who are fully vaccinated can enter the state without having to show a negative RT-PCR test report at airports. However, they should carry certificates stating they have taken both the doses.

Maharashtra government has clarified that the exemption is applicable for domestic and international travellers entering the state.

An official circular by the government of Maharashtra reads:

Persons who have been vaccinated with both the doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and 15 days have lapsed since the administration of second dose of vaccine and is in possession of a final vaccination certificate issued through the COWIN portal then such person be exempted from the mandatory requirement of possessing a negative RT-PCR report on their entry into the state.

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The state government has also increased the interval of validity of the RT-PCR test from 48 hours to 72 hours.

Likewise, Kerala government has also issued a circular stating that negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report is not required for fully vaccinated travellers entering the state. State Disaster Management Authority made the decision on grounds that the COVID-19 vaccination was ‘progressing well’.

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