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Planning to visit West Bengal, carry RT-PCR negative test report with you, it’s mandatory now

Released by PIB

The government of West Bengal has made it mandatory for all long-distance train passengers coming to West Bengal from other States/Union Territories to carry RT-PCR Negative Test Report not older than 72 hours prior to boarding of the train. This restriction will be imposed with immediate effect.

The Government of West Bengal has also issued the following directions as Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for arrival of passengers by long distance trains to West Bengal:

1) All passengers who travelled from other States/Union Territories with RT-PCR negative certificates not older than 72 hours prior to departure will have to self-monitor their health for next 7 days at home. During this period, if the individual develops fever, cough, breathlessness, they shall visit the nearest health facility or get in touch with the state COVID Helpline number.

2) Passengers found Symptomatic during health screening will be taken for testing. If they are positive, they will be taken to a COVID Care Centre for management as per the extant protocol of the State Health Department.

All passengers are requested to wear mask properly throughout the journey and at Railway stations. Commuters must observe proper social distancing norms while boarding/alighting from the trains or when getting tested/checked at the stations when needed.

It has also been requested to the passengers to arrive well before time of train departure to ensure no crowding for thermal scanning at the entry points.

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