Fully-vaccinated people don’t need RT-PCR report for travelling

According to a notification of Central government, RT-PCR report is not mandatory for the people who have received both doses of covid-19 vaccines to travel across states.

Key Points

  • National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) had notified in May that if a person is fully vaccinated, they do not require a negative RT-PCR test report for travel.
  • This decision was taken because Covid-19 vaccines provide strong immunity and protection against the disease.
  • So, the RT-PCR testing should be done where it is required to trace the cases.

Diverse rules in State

Different states have been applying diverse rules with respect to travel. Tamil Nadu government has made negative RT-PCR test report and a complete covid-19 vaccination (with two doses) certificate mandatory for people coming from Kerala. On the similar lines, passengers travelling from Kerala to Chennai can enter only after producing an RT-PCR test negative certificate. Karnataka also mandated RT-PCR negative reports for people entering from Kerala and Maharashtra. Chhattisgarh government is asking to produce a negative RT-PCR report from people travelling by air. Goa has also mandated tests for travellers from Kerala.

Which states are witnessing high r-number?

Eight states are witnessing high reproductive number of infections. Himachal Pradesh is having the highest value of 1.4. It is followed by Jammu & Kashmir with r-number of 1.4, Lakshadweep with r-number of 1.3, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Karnataka, Puducherry and Kerala.

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