Align Omicron travel guidelines with ours: Centre tells Maharashtra
New Delhi/IBNS: The Centre on Wednesday asked the Maharashtra government to align the travel rules according to its guidelines after the state mandated 14-day home quarantine for passengers arriving in Mumbai, whether or not they come from 'at risk' nations amid Omicron variant fears.
Maharashtra had directed all international passengers to take RT-PCR tests (they must return a negative result to leave Mumbai airport) and then undergo 14 days of home quarantine.
This order was for passengers from countries not even on the Centre's list of 'at-risk' nations.
Those from 'at risk' countries will face institutional quarantine of seven days, during which they have to take three RT-PCR tests (on the second, fourth and seventh days after arrival), the Maharashtra government directed.
A positive test during this period would see these people shifted to a hospital for isolation and treatment.
The state had also directed domestic passengers (those travelling from other states to Maharashtra) to hold a negative RT-PCR test dated to within 48 hours of the date of travel.
The Centre has urged Maharashtra to "align with orders issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare" to ensure uniform implementation of rules.