With worldwide airports throughout the nation adhering to the Centre’s revised Covid pointers within the wake of the Omicron variant, passengers from international locations thought-about “at-risk” are required to bear a compulsory RT-PCR check upon arrival, together with these absolutely vaccinated.
Amid these rules, the charges of the RT-PCR check, lengthy queues, crowding and potential delays have been main issues for worldwide travellers, with some airports charging over Rs 3,000 for a fast check.
Here are the charges of RT-PCR assessments throughout airports in India:
The Mumbai International Airport Limited run by Adani Airports had lowered the speed of a fast PCR check to Rs 3,900 per check from the sooner price of Rs 4,500.
A traditional RT-PCR check prices Rs 600, a press release by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport stated.
Additional Chief Secretary of the Maharashtra Health Department Dr Pradeep Vyas on Tuesday wrote to the Union Ministry of Health stating that the charges of Rapid RT-PCR assessments on the Mumbai airport are too excessive.
According to airport officers, there are two testing choices on the Indira Gandhi International Airport: The first is to pay Rs 500 for the check. The check outcomes takes round six to eight hours.
The second is to pay Rs 3,900 for a fast PCR check and get the report in approximately 60 to 90 minutes.
The Chennai International Airport on Tuesday lowered its RT-PCR charges. It is now charging Rs 2,900 for a Rapid PCR check, down from the sooner Rs 3, 400. The price of a standard RT-PCR has additionally been lowered from Rs 700 to Rs 600.
The Kolkata International Airport fees Rs 700 for a traditional RT-PCR check and Rs 3,600 for a fast PCR check. The time for outcomes for each the assessments is six hours and one hour, respectively.
The Karnataka authorities on Tuesday capped the costs for Covid testing on the airports. At the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, whereas the traditional RT-PCR check, which takes probably the most time (nearly 5 hours to acquire outcomes) is priced at Rs 500, the Cepheid Gene Expert check (outcomes anticipated in 25 minutes) prices Rs 2,750 per pattern.
According to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport’s web site, a fast PCR check will value a passenger Rs 2,700.
The Calicut International Airport on Tuesday introduced that it has slashed the charges of a fast PCR check to Rs 1,580.
An RT-PCR check on the GMR Hyderabad International Airport prices Rs 750 and a fast PCR check prices Rs 3,900. The airport has a chosen lab, Mapmygenome to ebook and conduct the assessments.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has written to all regional heads that the income share proportion for RT-PCR and Rapid RT-PCR assessments at airports must be withdrawn.
Under the current association, a proportion of the price charged by laboratories that undertake assessments at airports is shared with the company that runs the airport. The letter stated that the profit is to be handed on to passengers by decreasing the price of the assessments.