Update as on July 3rd: Government Begins RT-PCR Tests At Check Posts to ensure compliance | Airlines are instructed to issue boarding passes only to the passengers carrying RT-PCR negative reports not older than 72 hours. The guidelines are tweaked to exempt fully vaccinated from RT-PCR rules.

For visitors from Maharashtra & Kerala, Karnataka Government has made it mandatory to provide negative RT-PCR test reports starting from June 28 to control the spread of Covid-19 cases amid the prevalence of two variants of the coronavirus. The government has decided to take this step due to an increase in the number of Delta and Delta Plus variant covid cases.

A large number of people from Kerala, Maharashtra and other nearby states work in Bangalore and as the restrictions are eased there are a lot of people returning to the city.

As Karnataka shares its borders with both Maharashtra and Kerala, there will be an increased vigil in cities in the southern part of the state and the Dakshina Kannada region. Additionally, Belagavi in north Karnataka and Karwar in the Uttar Kannada district will have special Covid-19 verification outposts. This implies that travellers arriving from Goa will also be subjected to verification of negative test reports.

As per the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 51 Covid-19 cases of Delta Plus have been reported from 12 states till now. In this 27 are from Maharashtra and 5 are from Kerala. Delta Plus is a mutation of the Delta variant and the Delta variant is believed to be the cause of the devastating second Covid-19 wave which swept the country in April-May.

Some functionaries of the Karnataka Chamber of Commerce are concerned regarding the movement of goods as visitors arrive in border areas and cities of Karnataka to purchase machine parts, wholesale vegetables and fruits etc.

What is RTPCR rules in Bangalore ?

Visitors from Maharashtra and Kerala who are not fully vaccinated are supposed to carry RTPCR copy not older than 72 hours as on 04/072021