The cost of rapid RT-PCR tests varies by airport; prices in Mumbai are high.

RT PCR Test

Most airports have contracted with a single vendor to provide these tests, but even in airports with multiple vendors, such as Mumbai, the rates for the tests are the same. The rapid RT PCR test costs Rs 3,500 at Delhi Airport, while the standard RT-PCR test costs Rs 500.
Due to a significant difference in the cost of rapid RT-PCR tests between the country’s large privately-managed international airports and state-run airports, most international arrivals are subjected to costly Covid-19 tests.
Cost of rapid PCR test
The rapid PCR test, for example, costs Rs 1,580 at Kozhikode airport, while it costs Rs 3,900 at Mumbai and Hyderabad airports. This demonstrates the margins at stake, even though the latter two rates were reduced by 13.3 per cent after state governments intervened, citing overcharging.
Most airports have contracted with a single vendor to provide these tests, but even in airports with multiple vendors, such as Mumbai, the rates for the tests are the same. The rapid PCR test costs Rs 3,500 at Delhi Airport, while the standard RT-PCR test costs Rs 500.
The top four international airports in India — Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru — handle more than half of international traffic. According to AAI data, these four airports received 12.23 lakh, international passengers, in October, out of 22.22 lakh international passengers who arrived in India that month. Kozhikode had 1.45 lakh passengers, Goa had 9,565 passengers, Kolkata had 34,076 passengers, and Chennai had 1.57 lakh passengers.
The 30-35 per cent revenue share collected by airport operators for the tests is one reason for the high prices. On the other hand, government-owned airport operators have decided to forego their revenue share.
The Centre has mandated RT-PCR tests for all travellers arriving from ‘at-risk’ countries in the context of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. These include European countries and South Africa, China, and others.

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