Bengaluru: In the wake of Omicron cases being reported in the City, the State Government on Tuesday December 7 has announced the prices for several testing methods in Karnataka airports, including Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, for international arrivals.
The conventional RT – PCR test, which takes the longest (nearly five hours to receive results), costs Rs. 500 per sample, whereas the Cepheid Gene Expert test costs Rs. 2,750 per sample (results expected in 25 minutes).
The Abbott ID test costs Rs. 3,000, Thermo-Fisher Accula test Rs. 1,500, and Tata MD3 Gene fast/Tata MDXF test are the other alternatives for international arrivals that costs Rs. 1,200.
The availability of a variety of tests ensures faster testing of passengers and better compliance of Covid-appropriate behaviour in airport holding areas,” stated State Health Secretary T. K. Anil Kumar in the order.
It also stated that the concerned authorities at the airport should ensure both testing protocol issued by ICMR and the rate per test is complied with for smoother and quicker conducting of tests.