Train Travel Safety Precautions During COVID-19
Travel is an essential part of life but given the current circumstances, the government of India has urged the people to stay home and only step out for essential needs. A countrywide lockdown has not yet been considered but individual states have imposed new travel restrictions on the people coming in and going out of state. The introduction of the vaccine is one form of saving grace in these trying times. Regardless of the vaccine every it is the responsibility of every individual to wear a double mask, carry a sanitiser, avoid crowds, avoid touching the nose, face and mouth, and adhere to all the preventive measures possible to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Read further to learn some safety measures that can be adopted while travelling in normal and ac trains.
Travel restrictions have been imposed by several states but travelling has not been banned in any region. A list of safety tips/protocols is to be followed by the public while travelling in these COVID-19 times. Each state has imposed different restrictions and train travel safety tips based on the situation on the ground. The government is urging the people to not venture out unless absolutely necessary. Travelling right now should be restricted to unavoidable circumstances and dire needs.
Here are the rules the Ministry of Railways has issued for passengers travelling by trains.
Railway Board chairman Suneet Sharma said that for passengers travelling by train, there’s no need for a COVID-19 negative certificate. Passengers have been asked to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines and protocols that have been issued by the Centre and state governments.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and related hygiene issues, Railways had also stopped service of cooked food and replaced the same with Ready to Eat (RTE) meals in trains.
The Railway ministry introduced several changes and added features in AC coaches spending around 5-6 lakhs on each coach to ensure the safety of the passengers.
Despite the various steps taken by the government to ensure passenger safety people must also carry a 3-ply face mask, a hand sanitiser, and a few disinfectant wipes with them. Carry a few extra masks in a sealed bag, so you can replace your mask if it gets soiled.
Anybody travelling from Maharashtra to Delhi needs to have a COVID-19 negative report. Every passenger is required to home quarantine for 14 days immediately after their arrival.
Passengers travelling from Maharashtra, Punjab, Chandigarh and Kerala need mandatorily carry an RT-PCR report done within 72 hours of travelling. All the passengers coming in from out of the state are to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days.
All passengers are mandated to carry the RT-PCR report. Travellers can opt for tests at the Railways stations. 14 days home quarantine is compulsory for passengers coming via long-distance trains. Kerala has announced a state-wise complete lockdown from May 8th – 16th to fight the surge in Covid-19 cases.
Travellers from Maharashtra and Kerala must carry a negative RT-PCR report within 72 hours of travelling. 14 days home quarantine is mandatory for all travellers.
A negative RT-PCR negative report is a must. Travellers can opt for a test on arrival. If a passenger doesn’t take the COVID-19 test, they will be quarantined for 7 days and all expenses are to be borne by the passengers themselves.
Passengers from Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh must carry an RT-PCR negative report done within 72 hours of travelling.
Interstate travel is not only restricted to trains but buses too as the common population is heavily dependent on travelling by bus. The safety precautions that one can take while travelling during the pandemic through the bus are very essential to keep yourself safe from the virus. Read more information about Travelling by Bus During COVID-19 Pandemic.
Times like these are the ones that all of us should support of each other and prioritize our safety. Despite the best efforts of the states and government, the virus has been on a rapid spread. Abhibus requests all its passengers to follow all the safety tips mentioned above while booking tickets and travelling via trains. Bringing you the best and hassle-free travel experiences in these trying times.
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