From the trendy and youthful bustle of Bangalore and historical architectures of Mysore to the scenic beauty of Chikmagalur and the unique heritage (UNESCO-recognized) of Hampi, the state of Karnataka has much to offer to everyone. The COVID pandemic, however, had dramatically changed the travel landscape here for a few months. While the total number of cases is 292,000 at present, restrictions on interstate and intrastate movements were negatively affecting the supply chains and the economic condition. Hence, the Karnataka quarantine rules have been revised recently, whether you are travelling to this state by air, rail or road. Read on to know more.

Karnataka Quarantine Rules for International Passengers

All those who are flying to Karnataka from a different country will need to follow these:

  • All passengers have to submit a self-declaration form on the online portal of Yatri Karnataka, 72 hours (at least) before the travelling date.
  • Short-term travelers, business travelers and those carrying a negative COVID test report (RT-PCR) won’t need to undergo quarantine. But, if you have a test report, you need to fill a self-declaration form that attests the test’s authenticity.
  • At the time of ticket booking, passengers will be provided a list of dos and don’ts regarding testing and quarantine rules, by the concerned travel agency.
  • You need to install the Aarogya Setu app, Apthamitra app and Quarantine watch app on your mobile phone by visiting https://covid-19.karnataka.gov.in/new-page/softwares/en.
  • Only passengers without symptoms will be allowed to board the flight post thermal screening. Physical distancing and hygiene must be maintained while boarding and de-boarding. At the time of de-boarding, duplicate self-declaration forms will be collected from the passengers.  
  • On arrival, symptomatic passengers have to visit COVID health centers to undergo tests. For RAT or Rapid Antigen Test, one nasopharyngeal swab will be taken. And for RT-PCR test, two swabs (throat and nasopharyngeal) will be taken. If you test positive for RAT, you will be either sent to a COVID hospital or advised home isolation. If you test negative for RAT, you have to take the RT-PCR test. If the result is negative, you have to undergo 14 days of home quarantine. And if the result is positive, you will be sent to a COVID hospital.

Karnataka Quarantine Rules for Inter-State Travel

Karnataka quarantine rules for train travel, road travel and domestic flights, if you are coming from a different state, have changed too: 

  • If you don’t have any symptoms on arrival –
    • You need to monitor yourself for 14 days and watch out for signs like cough, cold, fever, throat soreness and breathing difficulty.
    • In case you notice symptoms, you should call Apthamitra helpline number 14410 or seek medical help.
    • If no symptoms appear, you can go about your work normally in the state, without any restrictions.
  • If you show symptoms on arrival –
    • You should isolate yourself immediately and call Apthamitra helpline number 14410 or get medical help.
    • Follow standard precautions like maintaining physical distance of 6 feet from others and wearing mask.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, use hand sanitizer, and cover your mouth while coughing with the inside of your elbow, in public places.

All in all, for your own safety and that of others, remember the above Karnataka quarantine latest rules before you make travel plans. For some time, avoid travelling unless absolutely essential.