Five months on, Karnataka scraps all Covid travel restrictions

BENGALURU: Karnataka on Monday abolished all travel restrictions brought in after the outbreak of Covid-19 in late March. There is no need to obtain an e-pass or stay in 14-day quarantine. Hand-stamping, too, has been scrapped.
The government’s decision follows the Centre’s initiative to facilitate free movement of persons and goods across different states in the country. As per the revised protocol, those travelling to Karnataka need not seek pass or permission (on Seva Sindhu portal) to enter the state. The state has banned medical check-up at state borders, bus stations, railway station and airports. People can travel into Karnataka by road (in own vehicles or public transport), by train or by flight with zero curbs.

The government order stated: “If asymptomatic on arrival, they can report to work or perform their activities in the state without any requirement of 14 days of home quarantine. However, they shall self-monitor their health for 14 days… If symptomatic on arrival, the person should self-isolate and seek medical consultation or call Apthamitra helpline 14410.”
Mask, distancing rules should be followed
They shall observe standard Covid-19 precautions like compulsory wearing of face mask, physical distancing of two metres, frequent handwashing with soap and water or use of hand sanitiser, following cough etiquette while in public areas and work places.”
Until now, it was mandatory to undergo 14 days of quarantine and travellers into the state were monitored by volunteers. According to Seva Sindhu officials, 11lakh people had registered on the portal in the past six months to come to Karnataka.
Among the Covid cases detected as of Saturday, 1.5 lakh persons either had travelled from other states to Karnataka or come in contact with inter-state travellers. At least 779 Covid-positive patients had international travel history.
As on Sunday, more than 4 lakh persons are in home quarantine who were either primary or secondary contacts. Nearly 1.8 lakh passengers were screened at airports.

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