As daily infections keep rising in Bangalore, the government has imposed strict rules and regulations on both domestic and international travelers arriving in the city, making negative COVID test reports mandatory for travelers from certain states with heavy caseloads.
COVID testing facilities have also been set up at the airport, available to any passenger arriving or departing from Bangalore by air.
Who needs to take the test at the airport?
A negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours is mandatory for passengers arriving from Punjab, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, and Kerala. The negative report will be verified by the airline staff at the time of boarding.
The following categories are exempted:
- Children below two years
- During an emergency (death in family/ medical treatment, etc.), the passenger’s swab will be collected on arrival. Once the RT-PCR test report is available, further action will be taken as per State protocol.
- Constitutional functionaries and healthcare professionals
International travelers must submit a self-declaration form on the Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before travel and upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. The test must be conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey. A declaration with respect to the authenticity of the test report is mandatory.
International and domestic arrival passengers unable to get a test prior to boarding their flight can use the airport’s testing facility. The service will be available to departing passengers who need to undergo RT-PCR test before traveling and produce a COVID-19 negative test report at their destination.
It is mandatory for passengers arriving from UK, Brazil, and South Africa to take the COVID test at the airport.
Taking the test
Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) – operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport) – has launched a round-the-clock COVID-19 testing facility at the airport.
You can book your test at the KIAB here.
Located near the Arrivals area of the Terminal, the NABL and ICMR certified RT-PCR testing center is managed and operated by Bengaluru-based Auriga Research Private Limited. There will be a sample collection kiosk inside the Terminal and a dedicated, state-of-the-art laboratory outside the BLR Airport Terminal. A waiting lounge with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols is part of the facility.
Passengers who test positive will be processed; BIAL has established detailed standard operating procedures to manage people who test COVID-19 positive at the BLR Airport, in accordance with guidelines stipulated by the relevant authorities.
How much does the test cost?
The charges for Abbott ID Now Rapid RT-PCR are ₹ 4500 + 400 INR and regular RT-PCR are ₹ 800 + 400 INR, including ₹ 400 INR as collection charges.
How long until I can get the results?
Under the express test method on the globally acclaimed Abbott ID Now, the RT-PCR test result would be available in less than 15 minutes, while the regular RT-PCR test result would take upto six hours. Until the test results are received, those tested would be required to wait in a specially demarcated area.
Reports would be shared directly with those tested through digital platforms.