On July 2, the hilly state of Uttarakhand announced the lifting of all travel restrictions, both to domestic and international tourists. The state, which had been under lockdown from March 22 had begun to slowly lift lockdown restrictions on June 8. After Uttarakhand, another tourist hotspot state—Himachal Pradesh—decided to lift travel restrictions on July 3, after a period of three and a half months. With both states offering postcard views along with picturesque hotels and homestays, tourists can start thinking about a trip to the mountains.
However, with these lifting of travel restrictions come a set of safety guidelines for each state.
Only those hotels and homestays which do not fall in a containment area, will be allowed to open for business.
Those entering Uttarakhand from any other part of the country will have to upload their COVID-19 test results on the official state government website: https://smartcity dehradun.uk.gov.in.
At all border checkposts, district authorities will verify travellers’ medical reports.
Hotels have to make it mandatory for their guests to have undergone RT-PCR tests from ICMR authorised labs, which will need to reflect that they have tested negative for COVID-19. Additionally, these reports cannot be earlier than 72 hours from the guests’ time of arrival.
Those travelling from overseas countries will have to register themselves on the aforementioned web portal and undergo home and institutional quarantine for a period of seven days.
Inter-district travellers will not need to undergo mandatory quarantine, but they will have to register themselves on the web portal.
There is no time limit for how long visitors and tourists can stay in the state once they have followed through with all the protocol. However, hotels and homestays have been asked not to take in bookings that are for less than a period of a week.
Those travelling inter-state will have to register for an e-pass in the COVID e-pass software (covid19epass.hp.gov.in) for monitoring purposes. Those who are travelling by road, will also have to register their vehicle details.
Principal Secretary (Revenue) Onkar Sharma has also said that those coming into Himachal Pradesh from other states will have to “strictly adhere” to the guidelines that are issued by the health and revenue departments of the state.
The state government has also said that those tourists who have made pre-bookings of at least five days and have tested negative for COVID-19 by an ICMR accredited laboratory (not earlier than 72 hours at the time of entry), will not require mandatory quarantine in the state.
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