Travellers to be tested a week after they arrive in Bengaluru: K Sudhakar | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A day after saying Covid-negative certificates from RT-PCR tests will be made mandatory for all those coming to Bengaluru from other states, health minister K Sudhakar on Friday said travellers will be tested a week after arriving in the city and it will be compulsory only for those staying here more than a week, not for those on shorter visits.
Further, he said testing will be required only for those coming from Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab & Chandigarh.
His statements a day before sparked confusion as it was not clear when and how the rule would be enforced. Mandatory testing was proposed as most new Covid infections in the city are among people with travel history.
However, neither the state health department nor the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have issued travel-related guidelines yet.
“The RT-PCR test is mandatory for those who are going to stay in Bengaluru beyond a week and not for those who are on business trips or will use Bengaluru as a transit point,” Sudhakar told TOI on Friday. Asked about travellers bringing Covid-negative certificates, Sudhakar said: “The test which will be conducted 72 hours before departure cannot be considered valid, because this does not mean he or she is Covid-free. So we have decided to conduct a test after one week of their travel. Testing can be done in any of the health facilities in the city.” He did not specify, however, how travellers — across various modes of transport — will be traced and made to undergo tests after arriving.

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