International travellers to Kerala need to take COVID test only if symptomatic

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A healthcare worker collects a test swab sample. File Photo: Reuters

Thiruvananthapuram: Only those having COVID symptoms among NRIs and international travellers coming to Kerala will be tested for the pandemic. The decision was taken at the high-level COVID review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

The travel ban is applicable to only those having symptoms of COVID. The meeting accepted the recommendation of the health experts to dispense with the existing stipulation that insists on production of RT-PCR test results by the international travellers on the eight day after their travel.

Airports should not fleece travellers in the name of rapid tests. Only an affordable rate can be charged from the NRIs. The chief minister has asked the Health Department to take necessary steps to ensure charging of a reasonable rate for such tests.

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