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In response to the Omicron panic, and in accordance with the Indian government’s revised protocol, overseas passengers arriving from high-risk countries will be required to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test at the Dabolim airport.

Goa Airport Director Gagan Malik revealed this on Sunday, adding that 2% of individuals traveling from countries outside the risk zone will be randomly checked.

According to Malik, no Covid positive cases have been identified at the Goa airport from any of the travelers who have arrived.

“Passengers arriving from “at risk” nations will be subjected to an obligatory test upon arrival, according to the new SOPs. Passengers will be allowed to leave the airport if the tests come back negative, but they will have to go home and be tested after 8 days,” he said.

“In the event that passenger tests positive, the government will place the passenger in quarantine at a designated facility, and a second sample of the passenger will be submitted for genome sequencing to determine the virus variant,” Malik added “..

“In case of “no risk” countries, 2% of total passengers would be subject to random testing, and their samples will also be obtained for RT-PCR,” he stated, elaborating on the safeguards in place.

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