As we enter Unlock 2.0, here�s a roundup of all the state-wise guidelines you need to keep in mind before hitting the road -
As we enter Unlock 2.0, here�s a roundup of all the state-wise guidelines you need to keep in mind before hitting the road
Posted 08 Jul 2020 04:11 PM



The pandemic continues to rage and with reports suggesting a new �highest single-day spike� every other day, it inevitably makes you wonder�why the rush to reopen? According to research, it�s difficult to sustain a lockdown that has gone on for a long time, especially economically, socially and psychologically. As restrictions ease, we are slowly getting used to the new normal. Several states that depend on tourism for their economy have finally opened their borders for visitors.

Himachal Pradesh

This hilly state is the latest to join the list of states that have allowed the entry of outsiders and visitors. According to a statement by Chief Minister Jai Ram Manjhi, �it has been decided to open the state for tourism and the tourism department will issue standard operating procedures(SOPs)�. The state government has made it mandatory for tourists to show test reports for negative COVID-19 upon entry. Additionally, the report must also be furnished from an ICMR-recognised lab.


The Uttarakhand government recently opened its borders for visitors from inside and outside the state, including international travellers. However, the Chardham Yatra will remain restricted only to devotees from within the state. In order to enter, visitors will be required to submit medical reports at the checkpoints. The government has also directed hotels and homestays to accept bookings for a minimum of five days. As a standard protocol, tourists will have to present a negative COVID-19 report, not older than 72 hours, from an ICME-recognised lab, upon arrival.


As the hippie haven opens it borders for domestic tourists, here�s what you need to keep in mind. After a period of nearly three months, the hospitality sector in Goa is finally back to business. Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar stated that almost 250 hotels can now resume operations with standard operating procedures put in place. There are also certain guidelines issued by the state government in three phases�before travel, during travel and upon arrival. It has been made mandatory for tourists to pre-book their stay at hotels and homestays that have received the tourism department�s approval. Guests are required to present a negative COVID-19 report from the last 48 hours.

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