Kolkata: From Saturday noon, flyers departing Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi to Kolkata can only ferry passengers, who have Covid-19 negative RT-PCR reports.
The test has to be carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. There is no provision of getting the test done on arrival. The rule also applies for flights departing for these cities that are bound for Bagdogra and Andal.
The Bengal government on Wednesday put in place restrictions on flight travel from four states — Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Telangana — to airports in the state, making RT-PCR test prior to boarding mandatory.
Bengal joins 10 other states that have similar restrictions and RT-PCR test requirements on passengers arriving from various states.
State additional chief secretary H K Dwivedi on Wednesday intimated civil aviaition secretary P S Kharola of the state’s Covid-control measure and requested the ministry to issue suitable instructions to all airlines. While Kolkata has flights from all the cities, Bagdogra has flights from Mumbai and Bengaluru while Andal has flights from Hyderabad as well.
An airport official said airlines would have to quickly inform passengers bound for Kolkata and booked on flights that depart post Saturday noon about the RTPCR test requirement.