E-pass, RTPCR mandatory to travel to Tamil Nadu; Karnataka closes border roads

Kerala border
Tamil Nadu and Karnataka make negative RTPCR certificates mandatory for travelers from Kerala. File Photo

Palakkad: Tamil Nadu has made e-pass and RTPCR negative test report mandatory for travelers from Kerala. They must carry the certificate that proves two doses of vaccination or negative RTPCR test done within 72 hours.

Meanwhile, Karnataka had made negative RTPCR report mandatory from last Sunday. Barring the 12 main roads, all other minor roads to Kasargod have been blocked by Karnataka. The 29 alcohol outlets in the border areas are shut. The Mangalore University has also postponed some of its exams.

In Tamil Nadu, the latest guidelines are applicable to everyone who reach the state by train, road or through air. Those who have received the second dose of vaccination at least 14 days ago need not produce the RTPCR test report.

Express testing facilities that provide results within 13 minutes have been arranged in the airports. Vehicles would be stopped at the borders to test the travelers. Those who test positive would be shifted to the Covid care centers run by government.

In Kollam district, there are inspections at the Aryankavu border and at the police check post in Puliyara. Meanwhile, in Malakkapara in Thrissur, vehicles aren’t allowed to cross borders to either sides, through the check posts in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There aren’t any restrictions for cross border movements of goods at the Kumily check post. Busses can also run services till the border areas.

The Bengaluru municipality has arranged 8 hotels to provide free quarantine facilities for those who reach the city without negative RTPCR test result, from states. They have to stay at the hotel until they receive their RTPCR results.

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