Covid-19 Travel Advisory for Planning Tours in India
Indian Holiday is committed to your health and safety in these unusual times. During this Pandemic of Coronavirus, the following steps have been taken to ensure COVID free vacation for our esteemed travelers. We have utilized this lockdown to train our staff and closely worked with our partners to enforce safety standards that will ensure the hygiene and well-being of travelers. Everyone you speak to in Indian Holiday is a trained professional to follow the highest safety standards and hygiene protocols. They have been trained to handle all your concerns to give you a carefree and safe holiday.
- While it is issued by WHO and most other counties that we will have to learn to live with COVID, Indian Holiday Consultants shall recommend the best places to travel which are COVID safe.
- Indian Holiday Consultants have researched thoroughly before recommending to the guests' specific hotels that follow safety and hygiene standards.
- Everyone involved in customer handling will be thoroughly thermal scanned for illness.
- Safety kits which will include a face mask and sanitizer will be kept in the vehicles and shall be provided to you upon request.
- All our tourist vehicles will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each trip and the chauffeurs, like all our colleagues, have guest safety and wellbeing as their most important priority.
- When you choose to travel with us, our services across India & the subcontinent continue to be the best and safest option, even more so now than ever. Each of our partner offices has been guided and trained on the new health & safety measures that are being implemented by Indian Holiday for its guests.
- From November 1, several protocols will change and various restrictions will either be relaxed or lifted, imposed during the COVID – 19 pandemic lockdown. What will be the effects of these guidelines changes on our daily lives? Let’s see.
- The Ministry of Home Affairs have issued an order, according to which the existing COVID-19 guidelines issued on September 30 for Unlock 5 will remain in force till November 30.
- The Centre has granted flexibility to the state and UT governments to take decision about reopening of schools and coaching institutions with a well-sorted approach.
- Several activities such as opening of theatres, cinemas, and multiplexes will be opened as per the current guidelines. The opening of these recreational zones will be in accordance to the 50% of their seating capacity. Many ministries and departments have issued SOPs for reopening of these activities. These will be applicable in areas outside the containment zones till November 30.
- Several major and minor changes will be witnessed from November 1. These will include re-opening of national parks and resuming safaris for the public.
- During unlock 5 Jammu and Kashmir administration has increased the cap of 7,000 pilgrims to 15,000 pilgrims to visit Mata Vaishno Devi temple per day. The shrine was reopened in August after a 5-month gap because of the COVID outbreak. Pilgrims’ visit to the shrine was initially limited to the number of 2000 that included 100 pilgrims from outside Jammu and Kashmir.
- The lockdown shall continue to be imposed rigorously in the containment zones during the period.
Which Destinations in India are open for tourism post-Covid-19 lock down? State wise SoPs & Guidelines
The Kerala government has issued some COVID – 19 guidelines to visit the state, which are in the best interest of the tourists and locals, alike. The standard operating procedure (SOP) and health advisory issued by the state are:
- Tourists have to install the Aarogya Setu App on their smartphones.
- They have to register themselves on the Covid-19 portal and get an entry pass.
- Wearing a mask in public places is a mandatory.
- Travelers must wash hands regularly or carry a hand sanitizer and an extra face mask.
- They should not extend their stay in Kerala without obtaining prior permission from Government authorities concerned.
- Tourists must carry a COVID-19 negative test certificate and also upload it on the web portal during registration.
- RT-PCR test, TRUNAT, or CBNAAT must be done within 96 hours of the arrival at the state border.
- Visitors must adhere to the safety guidelines and maintain social distancing.
Rajasthan government tourism department issues Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and forms strategies to ensure safe tourism. The tourist destinations and monuments are being sanitized regularly. The government and other agencies have been working on policies and assuring safety against the highly contagious disease.
Here are COVID-19 travel guidelines issued by the Rajasthan government for tourists:
- It is mandatory for travellers to install the Aarogya Setu app in their mobiles.
- Tourists have to submit a self-health declaration form upon arrival.
- Thermal scanning shall be done for all the tourists.
- No home quarantine is required for domestic tourists who are not showing symptoms.
- Symptomatic domestic travellers shall be taken to the nearest medical facility.
- It is mandatory to wear a mask in public areas and while travelling.
- Following social distancing norms is compulsory.
- For international travellers, 7 days of institutional quarantine and 7 days of home quarantine is mandatory.
The Madhya Pradesh government has lifted all the travel restrictions and issued new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure the safety of tourists. The tourism board of Madhya Pradesh introduced a new campaign ‘Intezaar Aapka’ to attract tourists.
Here are the COVID-19 travel guidelines for tourists:
- It is mandatory for tourists to download the Aarogya Setu app.
- Travellers are required to install the Indore311 app, register themselves, and update their health status for 14 days after arrival.
- All inbound and outbound travellers are required to submit a self-health declaration form with their personal contact details.
- If a traveller is symptomatic, then he/she will get transferred to the nearby hospital. The person will be in institutional quarantine until the report is made available. If the test report is positive, the person will be transferred to the COVID care centre. If the report is negative, no quarantine is required.
- International passengers are required to undergo 7 days of institutional quarantine (at their own cost) and 7 days of home quarantine.
- Thermal scanning and health profiling shall be done upon arrival.
- It is mandatory to wear a mask in public areas and while travelling.
- Practicing social distancing norms is compulsory.
The Uttarakhand state government has allowed to start inter-state bus operations in the state since October 1, 2020. Mr. Om Prakash, Uttarakhand’s Chief Secretary has issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the movement of inter-state and intra-state bus services.
Here are the COVID-19 safety guidelines for Uttarakhand:
- Tourists are allowed to enter the state without a COVID negative report.
- Tourists can visit the state without quarantine restrictions.
- Every public vehicle needs to be properly sanitized before and after the journey to operate.
- Passengers must install the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones.
- The buses have to be boarded as per the allowed capacity.
- Consumption of tobacco, pan, and cigarettes is strictly prohibited on the buses.
- All the passengers, conductors, and drivers need to wear face masks throughout the journey.
- Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) will operate only 100 trips each day (to and from) in the first phase.
- Taxis, cabs, auto-rickshaws, auto-Vikram, and e-rickshaws are allowed to operate on inter-district and inter-state routes in accordance with the prescribed capacity.
- Safety norms like the use of masks, thermal screening, and the use of sanitizers must be followed along with social distancing.
The Himachal Pradesh state government has lifted travel-related restrictions and issued certain guidelines for tourists. In a major relief, the government has amended some of the regulations to revive corona-hit tourism in the state.
Here is all you need to keep in mind while planning a trip to Himachal Pradesh. The COVID-19 travel guidelines for Himachal Pradesh are:
- As per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), there shall be no requirement of online registration of inter-state movement. No separate permission is required for any movement.
- Prior testing and COVID-19 negative certificates are also not required to enter the state.
- Tourists must have the Aarogya Setu App in their mobiles.
- It is advised to follow the guidelines for safe and responsible tourism.
- It is mandatory to wear a mask and follow social distancing norms while travelling to Himachal Pradesh.
- The movement of inter-state buses will remain to be suspended till further orders.
Goa is a popular beach getaway, which has opened for the tourists. The government also relaxed the travel norms and issued the revised Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on preventive measures for tourists. It is compulsory for the tourists to follow those rules and regulations for the safety of themselves and others.
Here are the COVID-19 safety guidelines for Goa:
- COVID-19 testing or negative test certificate is no longer mandatory for the tourists to enter the state.
- Tourists have to follow social distancing norms.
- Wear a mask in public areas.
- Get your temperature check facilities are available at the restaurants, bars, hotels, and tourist places.
- If a tourist has a body temperature above normal will be sent to a medical facility.
- Stay at hotels having the highest safety and hygiene standards is allowed.
- A self-declaration health form must be filled at the hotel.
- Tourists have to install the Aarogya Setu App on mobiles.
- All tourists need to carry original ID proof.
- Visitors have to book water sports online.
- The venture operator shall examine different options for operations, where possible, such as advanced tickets, timed entries, and smaller groups.
- Ask the operators to take you in small groups so that a physical distance of 2 feet is maintained.
- Operators will accept bookings only from those tourists, who have no COVID-19 infection history in the last 28 days.
- A safe physical distance of at least 2 meters is recommended for customers at all times.
- If a tourist’s body temperature is more than 37.5°C (99°F) with flu-like symptoms shall not be permitted for the water activity.
- The thermal screening of visitors/staff is to be carried out at entry points.
- Provisions for hand sanitization should be made available at all entry points and in work areas.
- The occupancy of the boats shall not be more than 50% of their total seating capacity.
- Seating arrangement inside the boat to be made to maintain required physical distancing.
- People should use apps/QR codes, etc. for ordering food as much as possible.
- Multiple sale counters in the food and beverage area are made available wherever possible.
- Regular cleaning and disinfection of the main ticketing office, food and beverage areas, employee and staff lockers, toilets, public areas, and other office areas shall be ensured.
- Only packaged food and beverages shall be allowed.
Safety guidelines for travellers:
- Only pre-booked tour packages, done via local tour operators of the state are allowed to operate. All the services including transport services and accommodations will be authorized by a local tour agent.
- Now, visitors will be required to present four other additional documents with the Inner Line Permit (ILP), which includes tour itinerary, vehicle details, COVID-19 certificate, tour booking slips, details of the guide and driver.
- Tourists have to provide a COVID-19 negative certificate (RT-PCR or True NAT test) issued by the ICMR-authorized lab. As per the government guidelines, the negative test certificate must have been issued 72-hours before the date of arrival.
- All the visitors, accompanying drivers and guides from the outside state must have been adhered to the COVID-19 testing protocol and government safety guidelines.
- Tourists have to follow social distancing norms.
- All the payments should be made via digital mode, wherever possible. Visitors are also expected to wear a mask in the tourist places.
- Aarogya Setu app is mandatory for tourists including tour guides and drivers.
COVID-19 travel guidelines for travellers:
- Travellers are required to install the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones.
- Wearing a mask in all the public areas and while travelling is compulsory.
- Tourists above 65 years of age are not allowed to visit the Andaman Islands.
- Thermal checking and scanning shall be done upon arrival.
- Tourists are advised to maintain a minimum of 2 metres distance from one another in public places.
- Travellers should reach the airport at least 2 to 3 hours prior to the departure time.
- Light and Sound Show at Cellular Jail is operational with 50% capacity. Only e-tickets are available for museums as well as tourist places.
- All the payments should be made via digital mode as much as possible to avoid contact.
- Beaches including Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Bharatpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, and Kalapathar Beach are open from 10:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M daily.