What is believed to be the quickest Covid-19 RT-PCR test can be done by International Arrivals at Delhi International Airport. It is the first of it’s kind of facility in India and it is said that the test has a capacity to test up to 2500 samples a day and the results will be delivered within 4-6hrs of sample collection.
The airport in collaboration with Delhi based laboratory, Genestrings Diagnostic Centre started its operation from 11th September and in the airport, the testing laboratory and lounge are spread across 3500 square feet with a multi-level car parking and is located near to T3 of the airport.
Passengers can avail the test for INR 5000 where the test is capped at INR 2400 and passengers can sit in lounge facility of the testing centre. The slots of the tests can be booked online which is with the time of their arrival. They can avail the lounge facility until the test results arrive and passengers with negative Covid-19 report will be allowed to the next leg of the journey and the passengers with positive result need to follow the guidelines and protocols followed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
And as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the passengers with a negative RT-PCR test which is conducted 96 hours before travel are exempt from 14-day quarantine which includes mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine. The rule is applicable to International passengers and all international passengers should show the negative certificate if they have to travel domestically or need to undergo quarantine in order to fly to the next destination.
This new move by the Delhi airport will help international travellers to travel within India and help bypass the quarantine period and the new testing will be extended to other airports of the country.