ICMR Removes Mandatory RT-PCR Test For Interstate Travel in India

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Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in its latest advisory for COVID-19 testing during the second wave of the pandemic suggested removing the mandatory RT-PCR testing for interstate travelers.

The recommendation of ICMR has been welcomed by travel and tourism field widely and travelers across the country.

ICMR in its latest advisory suggested that “The need for RT-PCR test in healthy individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel may be completely removed to reduce the load on laboratories.”

All asymptomatic domestic travelers must follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviors, it further mentioned.

Below is the tweet by ICMR.

The RT-PCR tests are considered more reliable than the rapid antigen tests and people traveling in the country were required to produce negative RT-PCR reports to cross the borders earlier. However due to the surge in COVID cases in the country, unnecessary tests should be avoided in order to reduce the rising number of COVID tests daily and to reduce the burden on covid testing labs.

Now all the 24 states requires a negative RT-PCR tests report for visitors, especially those who are arriving by air.

The ICMR also suggested skipping the RT-PCR test if a Covid-19 patient has completed 10 days of quarantine and did not report fever in the last three days.

“RT PCR test must not be repeated in any individual who has tested positive once either by RAT or RT PCR,” it also mentioned.

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