Departing passengers and non-passengers can now avail express coronavirus test facility at the Mumbai airport, authorities confirmed on Saturday.
According to PTI, the RT-PCR test started working from October 15, a release confirmed.
The facility was earlier available only for arriving international transit passengers at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), in line with the directive from Civil Aviation Ministry. It will now be available for departing passengers as well, the release from the airport said.
The testing facility is located on Level 4 of Terminal 2 and will also be available for non-passengers visiting the airport to receive or drop off passengers.
The initiative addresses concerns from passenger regarding varying COVID-19 protocols for different domestic and international destinations, the release said, adding that departing passengers can skip quarantine at their destinations by showing a negative test result, which they can now acquire at the CSMIA.
The RT-PCR test facility was first launched at the Mumbai airport last month as a measure for incoming international passengers, transiting to a domestic destination, to skip institutional quarantine.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation later directed the facility to be extended to all passengers arriving at the airport.
The airport has recorded over 3,340 passengers opting to get themselves tested at the testing facility since its inception on September 6, with an average of 100 tests being conducted every day, the release stated.
38 passengers have so far tested positive at the airport, who were then transferred to designated COVID-19 institutions.
Departing passengers can make an online booking through the test feature available on the CSMI airport website or register themselves at the helpdesk set up at departures to enroll for the RT-PCR test before entering the terminal. A digital copy will be mailed directly or one can also collect the physical copy of the test report within eight hours, it stated.
Passengers departing from the airport are encouraged to arrive at the terminal 8-12 hours before their scheduled departure, it added.