International passengers arriving at Indian airports can avoid long queues for an RTPCR test by paying more money.
There are two types of RTPCR tests being conducted at Delhi airport; the rapid RTPCR test and a regular RTPCR test. (File photo)
If you are an international traveller arriving from at risk countries or otherwise and are worried about the long wait at an Indian airport, there is a way to avoid the long queues for an RTPCR test; pay more.
There are two types of RTPCR tests; the rapid RTPCR test and a regular RTPCR test. A rapid RTPCR test takes an hour to give you the results, while a normal RTPCR test takes a minimum of 4 hours. Also, there is a cost factor here.
A rapid RTPCR test will cost Rs 3,900 per person. While a regular test will cost Rs 500 per person. The quick RTPCR could cost more if you are travelling with a family of four, which would increase the cost to Rs 15,600, while a normal test would cost Rs 2,000 for four members.
Dr Alpana Razdan, Vice President of Genestrings Diagnostics – who are running the Covid testing at the Delhi International Airport, said they are trying to increase testing capacity. “We are handling more than 1500 samples at night time, but we are trying to reduce the time gap. A test that takes 6 hours, we have tried to reduce it to 4 hours,” she said.
After the test, of course, one has to quarantine for 14 days if one is coming from an at risk country. There are different kinds of quarantine protocols that have been put forward by various states that need to be followed as international travel guidelines.
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