Travellers to Karnataka duck Covid test, enter via Goa | Bengaluru News – Times of India


To get around the negative Covid-19 certificate mandate, many travellers from Kerala and Maharashtra are entering Karnataka through Goa.
After making Covid negative certificates mandatory for travellers entering Karnataka, the Karnataka government had stepped up vigilance at checkposts near borders with these two states.
However, people are circumventing the restrictions by travelling to Goa – which shares borders with Karnataka – and entering Karnataka from there. There are no restrictions on people coming from Goa.
Salim Khan, a cab driver, said his agency has seen increased bookings from passengers in Goa. Most of these travellers are bound for Belagavi, Haveri, Davanagere, Mangaluru and other places in North Karnataka. He also said many from Maharashtra and Kerala are flying to Goa and taking taxis from there to enter Karnataka. Madhav Nayak, president, Janashakthi Vedike and head of the disaster committee, Red Cross, Karwar, said taking precautions is a must. “The government should initiate stern action and strengthen vigilance at Majali and Anmod (near Goa border) checkposts,” he said.
Dr K V Trilok Chandra, commissioner, health and family welfare department, said, “We will discuss with district authorities and set up checkposts on the border with Goa. We will conduct checks and weed out passengers who do not have negative RT-PCR test reports.”
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