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RTPCR Negative less than 72 hours needed to travel from Goa to Karnataka

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In view of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the neighboring State of Goa, the following special surveillance measures are notified herewith to comply strictly for all arrivals from State of Goa into Karnataka.

I. Negative RT-PCR certificate not older than 72 hours (3 days) shall be compulsorily produced by the passengers travelling on flight, bus, train or personal transport, and entering Karnataka. This is also applicable for passengers boarding connecting flights from Goa.

II. The concerned Airlines shall issue boarding passes only to the passengers carrying Negative RT-PCR certificates not older than 72 hours (3 days).

III. Similarly Railway Authorities shall be responsible for ensuring that all passengers traveling by trains from Goa to Karnataka carry negative RT-PCR certificates.

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IV. For all the passengers travelling by bus originating from Goa, the concerned bus conductors shall be directed to ensure passengers possess negative RT-PCR certificates.

V. Deputy Commissioners of the Districts bordering Goa i.e., Belagavi and Uttar Kannada, shall establish check posts and make arrangements to deploy necessary staff to ensure that all the vehicles (passengers, drivers, helpers/cleaners) entering Karnataka are checked for compliance of the above requirement.

VI. It is mandatory for students & public who are regular travellers from Goa to Karnataka for various reasons, to undergo RTPCR once in 15 days & possess such negative report.

The permitted exemptions for negative RT-PCR certificates are as follows :

a. Constitutional functionaries and health care professionals.

b. Children below 5 years.

c. In dire emergency situations (death in the family, medical treatment etc.,), the passenger’s swab shall be collected on arrival in Karnataka with necessary details like phone number, address etc., duly verified from his ID card and captured. On receipt of the RT-PCR test report, further action to be taken as per the covid testing protocol.

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