Travelling to Kerala? RT-PCR test made mandatory

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As COVID-19 infection rate continues to go up, new rules and regulations are in place in Kerala. The Kerala government has made RT-PCR test mandatory for those who are coming from other states. The test should be conducted within 48 hours prior to entering Kerala or as soon as reaching the state, the order states.

The Kerala government has also taken urgent additional measures, including restrictions on gatherings and timings of commercial establishments, besides postponing all shopping festivals. These curbs will remain in place till April 30. 

If you are planning to visit Kerala during this time, here is what you should know. 

All travellers from other states to Kerala have been instructed to register on the COVID-19 Jagratha portal. 

Here's how to register

• Go to the website Click on the Citizen option. From the Visitor’s Entry option, select the Domestic Entry.

• Click on 'New registration', give the mobile number and click to verify.

• When you enter the captcha code, an OTP will be sent to your mobile number. Enter the OTP and verify.

• After verification, fill in the necessary details such as name, date of birth, and ID number. Once you hit save, the registration would be completed.

• A message on the registration details will be sent to the mobile number.

• Those undertaking RT-PCR test on arrival shall be in room isolation at their respective places of stay till the report is available. 

• All travellers shall follow strict universal masking, safe distancing and hand hygiene during the stay in Kerala.

The Kerala government is planning a three-pronged strategy to flatten the Covid curve - massive testing, stringent curbs and vaccination. The government has now decided to carry out 2.5 lakh tests over the next two days. 

Apart from all this, all passengers are requested to wear masks, use sanitisers, maintain social distancing and wash hands regularly. 

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