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High Price of RT-PCR tests at the airports

Getting an RT-PCR test is mandatory for all tourists arriving at Indian airports.

The new scary variant Omicron is showing its presence in India. All the major airports in the country are bringing changes to their travel guidelines. For example, Chennai is asking travelers for a mandatory RT PCR test. This is becoming bothersome for travelers. Also, the test is really expensive and costs around INR 3400 per passenger.

The Chennai International Airport is getting this expensive test done by Hindlabs and the charges are affecting common people to a great extent. On the other hand, some airports are reducing the cost of the test. This is done by Delhi International Airport and the Mumbai International Airport to ease the burden of travelers.

The IGI (Indira Gandhi International Airport) in Delhi reduced the cost of the test from 3900 INR to 3500 INR

for the well-being of the passengers. This is done for international travelers as they must get the test done.

The cost of the regular RT-PCR test is to remain at INR 500, and its report takes about 4-6 hours. The Rapid PCR test results take only 90 minutes. There are a total of 20 counters at the arrival area for covid testing.

There are 100 registration counters and 60 sampling booths with 100 Rapid PCR machines at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. The cost of the Rapid PCR test here has been revised to INR 3900 from the previous rate of INR 4500. The regular PCR testing here will be available at INR 600.

According to the latest rules, passengers coming in from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, China, Brazil, New Zealand, Mauritius, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Israel have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR test upon arrival. They will have to wait for their test results before leaving the airport or even before taking a connecting flight.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/travel-news/high-cost-of-rapid-pcr-testing-at-airports-pose-as-a-problem-for-travellers/as88127904.cms

 

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