The Maharashtra government has done away with the requirement of carrying a negative RT-PCR test report for travellers coming to the state via domestic flights. However, they will have to be fully vaccinated and mandatorily carry vaccination certificates for both doses.
The Union Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday took to Twitter and wrote: "Attention Travellers! Passengers travelling to Maharashtra that are fully vaccinated will no longer need to show a negative RT-PCR test report at the airport. However, they should have certificates stating they have taken both the doses."
The Maharashtra government's decision came after Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal wrote to the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra and sought exemption from the RT-PCR test report for fully vaccinated domestic passengers.
The exemption was sought in light of the fact that it was not possible for passengers taking flights to Delhi or other business destinations in the morning and returning on the same day to get RT-PCR tests done.
Earlier, on May 12, 2021, the Maharashtra government had imposed the requirement of a negative RT-PCR test report issued within 48 hours of the beginning of the journey for all those entering the state.
These restrictions were primarily meant for travellers from Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan and Kerala. With the rise in the number of cases during the second wave, this stipulation of a negative RT-PCR test report was extended to all domestic passengers arriving in the state.