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Bengaluru airport launches round-the-clock Covid-19 testing facility

Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, December 23:-As part of its effort to make passenger journeys convenient and hassle-free, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), which operates the Kempegowda International Airport, has launched a round-the-clock COVID-19 testing facility at the airport.   

Located near the arrivals area of the Terminal, the NABL and ICMR certified RT-PCR testing centre is managed and operated by Bengaluru-based Auriga Research Private Limited.

There will be a sample collection kiosk inside the terminal and a dedicated, state-of-the-art laboratory outside the BLR Airport Terminal.

A waiting lounge with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols is part of the facility.

International arrival passengers unable to get a test prior to boarding their flight can make use of this facility on their arrival at BIAL.

The service will be available to departing passengers, who need to undergo a RT-PCR test before travelling and produce a COVID-19 negative test report at their destination.

Under the express test method on the globally acclaimed Abbott ID Now™, the RT-PCR test result would be available in less than 15 minutes, while the regular RT-PCR test result would take upto six hours.

Until the test results are received, those tested would be required to wait in a specially demarcated area. Reports would be shared directly with those tested through digital platforms. As per government requirements, the results of all samples will be registered on the ICMR website.

The slots for testing can be pre-booked on https://testing-lab.com/covid19-testing-centre.

RT-PCR express test will cost Rs 5,000 per passenger, the results can be obtained in 13 minutes, while RT-PR (special turn around) will cost Rs 2,500, the results will be available within 5-6 hours, RT-PCR normal test will cost Rs 800, the results will be available after 24 hours and RT-PCR test at Aster Airport Medical Centre will cost Rs 1,200 per passenger and the result can be obtained in 24 hours.

BIAL has established detailed standard operating procedures to manage people who test COVID-19 positive at the Airport, in accordance with guidelines stipulated by the relevant authorities.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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