The Kolkata Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday issued guidance indicating that passengers arriving in West Bengal must either be fully vaccinated or carry a negative RT-PCR report for COVID-19, carried out within 72 hours of departure .
The statement came after the West Bengal government asked authorities to issue guidelines as the state witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases after Dussehra.
In a series of tweets, Kolkata Airport said: “Passengers should kindly note, as per state government guidelines, that all passengers on inbound flights to West Bengal must be fully (doubly) vaccinated. or provide a negative RT-PCR report for a test performed within 72 hours of flight departure.
The instructions are applicable from November 1, said the authority.
In another tweet, the authority said: âIn addition, according to the guidelines of the state government three times a week, restrictions on air travel will only apply to the cities of Nagpur, Pune and Ahmedabad. Please contact the relevant airline for further details. The above instructions are in effect from 01.11.2021. “
In the past 24 hours, West Bengal has reported 725 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths from the coronavirus. The cumulative number of cases stands at 15.93 lakh as of November 1. The positivity rate is 2.49%.