The novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 is rapidly picking its pace with no signs of getting over. In this situation, one might wonder whether its safe to travel or go for a holiday? However, as restrictions are eased, people will gradually be getting used to the new system. According to a researcher Gautam Menon, COVID-19 is rapidly increasing and the whole India is following lockdown but beyond a limit, it will be difficult to maintain a lockdown that is coming for a long time, particularly economically, socially, and psychologically.
Some states which rely heavily on tourism for their economy have finally unlocked the borders for the entry of visitors provided they strictly follow the protocols and guidelines issued by the state government. Listed below are the few states which are now open to travelers.
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Goa is yet another popular tourist destination in India which is now allowing the domestic tourists arrival, provided the visitors to follow the guidelines issued by the State Government. After a long wait of about 3 months, Goa’s hospitality sector is belatedly but fortunately back to its business. Deputy Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Ajgaonkar stated that almost 250 hotels can continue their operations with standard operating methods. The state government has regulated some specific guidelines which are divided into 3 phases before travel, during travel, and upon arrival. Now, pre-booking of accommodation at hotels and homestays is compulsory with the tourism department’s permission. Visitors are required to show a negative report of COVID-19 from the last 48 hours. Restaurants will be operated on a takeaway basis. However, the bars and several beach shacks will remain closed until further notice. If you are looking for offbeat holiday experience in Goa for that additional safety and hygiene during these times of pandemic, check out our post on how to go offbeat in Goa. For a package tour to Goa, browse though our collection of Goa packages.
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Now wildlife enthusiasts can redeem their happiness by visiting Madhya Pradesh. The important highlight of the unlocking is that the forest department is reopening all the national parks in the state as Madhya Pradesh is a genuine paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. It is home to 11 national parks and 24 wildlife sanctuaries including Panna, Kanha, and Bandhavgarh National Park. Recently the state government has also announced the reopening of hotels and resorts along with various tourist activities. For the safety purpose of visitors, the board is also offering RV caravans which are well-equipped vehicles assures a safe ride following social distancing with good space. You can enjoy your on-road trip via caravan more comfortably including a halt at calm spots for a picnic. To ease your travel planning, you may browse through our collection of Madhya Pradesh tour packages.
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Known for its salubrious weather and lush hills, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India which has recently made up to the list of states that have approved the entry of the tourists and visitors. The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Manjhi stated that they have decided to open the state for tourism with standard operating procedures (SOPs) which will be issued by the tourism department. Manjhi’s government has made it mandatory for every tourist to show a negative COVID-19 test report provided by an ICMR-recognized lab upon arrival or before entering the state. It is expected that the movement within the state will be monitored through enrollment with a COVID e-pass. Himachal Pradesh first banned the admission of tourists in March and after a long time, the government is trying to ensure all the safety measures for the tourists. If you are looking for an off the beaten path experience for additional safety and hygiene in these troubled times, we recommend you go through are post on offbeat places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
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Rajasthan has now begun a new phase of easing the limitations and trying to boost its tourism. Rajasthan is also one of the major states that depend on tourism and amongst the first few states to permit the opening up of ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) protected monuments. The monuments will be open for only four days a week, that is Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and it is mandatory to follow the social distancing protocols by every visitor. The government has also decided to suspend the entry fees for visiting the ASI monuments for the first 15 days. Rajasthan is renowned for its 342 protected monuments and after the reopening, about 1,400 people visited the ASI monuments. The government has also issued SOPs (standard operating procedures) to the management officials ordering them to strictly practice sanitization, maintain social distancing, and thermal screenings. Tourists will be allowed to enter only in groups of five and wearing masks has been made mandatory. Many cultural exhibitions held at venues like Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall, and many others have resumed with a protocol. To save your effort in travel planning, you may browse through our collection of Rajasthan tour packages.
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The Uttarakhand state had begun accepting tourists from all over India. The Government has recently opened its borders for tourists from various states of India including international travelers. International tourists will be required to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine and seven days of home quarantine. Visitors from Indian states have to submit the negative COVID-19 and other required medical reports at the checkpoints to enter the state. As per the standard protocol, tourists will have to present a negative COVID-19 report, not older than 72 hours provided by the ICME-recognized lab. The government has also allowed the hotels and homestays to accept bookings for a minimum of five days. However, the Chardham Yatra will remain limited only to believers from within the state. The Uttarakhand government has further relaxed norms under the unlock 2.0. The people entering from other states, primarily for very important persons from the central and state government, judiciary, and legislative members are excused from quarantine.
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