The West Bengal Trinamool Congress government led by Mamata Banerjee has made it mandatory for air travellers flying into West Bengal will have to produce a negative RT-PCR test if they are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 disease.
The West Bengal government has written to the Union Civil Aviation ministry that the rule will be implemented with immediate effect and applies to both commercial and non-commercial flights.
The Home Secretary BP Gopalika of West Bengal wrote a letter to secretary of Civil Aviation PS Kharola in regards to the new COVID-19 rule for air passengers.
As per the latest guidelines issued by the West Bengal government, a negative RT-PCR test report of Covid-19 disease done within 72 hours before flight departure or a certificate that shows they are fully vaccinated is mandatory for all passengers coming to West Bengal.
West Bengal's overall COVID-19 cases increased to 15,18,847 on July 19 as 666 new cases were registered in the state.
Currently, there are 12,759 active cases of Covid-19 disease in the state and its fatality count increased to 18,011 with 12 more patients succumbing to the contagious virus.