GOA: The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has urged the tourism department to reduce charges for antigen tests.
Travellers arriving in Goa are being charged Rs 2,000 for undergoing these tests. Last week, antigen testing began operational at Goa International Airport.
TTAG pointed out that antigen testing costs less in other states. The antigen test kit can be bought for Rs 500-700, so there is no reason why the government should charge Rs 2,000 for the test, it said.
“We have requested the government to explore the possibility of reducing the testing cost,” said Nilesh Shah, president of TTAG.
A South Goa-based hotelier said the government must reduce the price of antigen tests as this would discourage tourists from visiting the state as and when things improve for the hospitality industry.
“The hospitality industry is going through its toughest phase ever. We haven’t got any relief from the government, but instead of boosting our spirits, they are charging Rs 2,000 for antigen tests. In Delhiand elsewhere, such tests can be done by paying Rs 600-700,” the hotelier said.
The News 24 Goa