After weeks or even months of shutdowns because of the coronavirus pandemic, India is beginning to slowly reopen.
The worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill, and tourism has been the worst affected of all major economic sectors. In India, few states begin to reopen in some way after the coronavirus thrust the country into lockdown since the end of March.
In the first phase of unlock, Hotels, restaurants, malls were allowed to open so that the economic condition of tourism can revive. Now, in phase 2 of unlock, interstate and intrastate movement restrictions have been removed from July 1 with some states reopening for tourism.
As restrictions ease, we are slowly getting used to the new normal. There are substantial variations in how states were deciding to open up, with some conditions. Planning a trip to some of these tourist destinations might just get easier for those who are looking out for an escape after the lockdown in the country.
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One of the oldest civilisations in the world, India is a mosaic of multicultural experiences. With a rich heritage and myriad attractions, the country is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It covers an area of 32, 87,263 sq. km, extending from the snow-covered Himalayan heights to the tropical rain forests of the south. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which gives the country a distinct geographical entity.
RAJASTHAN - Padharo Mhare Desh...
Rajasthan is open for tourists. The resumption of tourism was marked by several cultural performances at venues like Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall among many others.
The Rajasthan government has issued an SOP to the authorities maintaining the museums and monuments, directing them to practice regular sanitization and ensure social distancing among visitors. All staff and visitors will have to go through thermal screening before entering the establishments.
- Monuments will be open for four days a week—Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Should follow the protocol of Social distancing.
- Masks have been made mandatory and tourists will be allowed to enter only in groups of five.
MADHYA PRADESH – The Heart of Incredible India!!!
Madhya Pradesh offers an assortment of attractions to everyone who loves to travel. It is the state with the forest area cover of approx. 77,700 sq.kms (Approx ¼ of the total land area) filled with Sal Trees & Bamboos. It has numerous wildlife hotspots with 11 National parks & 24 Wildlife sanctuaries such as Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary and Chambal Ghadiyal Sanctuary. The UNESCO World Heritage sites at Khajuraho, Bhimbetka & Sanchi are the iconic sites in the state. Madhya Pradesh has re-gained the tag of being “The Tiger State of the Country” by having maximum Tiger count (526) in the state. The roar of Tigers has increased in the dense and beautiful forests of Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh is not only home to two Jyotirlingas Mahakaleshwar and Omkareshwar. Burhanpur, Bhopal, Gwalior and Mandu are some of the beautiful architectural sites, whereas lndrasagar, Gandhi Sagar, Tawa and Bargi are the spellbinding water bodies. Cultural events like Khajuraho Dance Festival, Mandu Festival, Orchha Cultural Festival, Tansen Festival are some of the annual tourism promotional festivals to attract tourists from all walks of life.
- Tourist activities are open along with the reopening of state-run hotels and resorts.
- All national parks of the state are open.
- In the first Phase the wildlife, Parks and temples have opened from 15th June and in the second phase, ASI monuments opened from 6th July.
- MPTB is offering RV caravans to help maintain social distancing while visiting the state.
- Film, television and web series shooting can resume in Madhya Pradesh.
- MPTB has come up with short road itineraries mainly for two to three nights.
Conditions for Film, TV and web series:
- Only 15 crew members can be involved in indoor shooting, and 30 for outdoor ones.
- Equipment needs to be sanitized daily.
- Shooting crew need to submit health declarations in a prescribed form and would need to vacate the location in case someone is detected with the novel coronavirus.
- Sanitiser, hand-washing, masks, thermal scanner etc should be in place during shoots.
- Crowding will not be allowed at shoot locations.
Sonia Meena, IAS, Additional Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board
Madhya Pradesh being into Inbound Tourism promotion is very strong with its domestic tourism products, wildlife is one of them. Opening up tourist attractions would also give a sense of “returning to normalcy”. We see great potential after re-opening our destinations like wildlife, heritage, pilgrimage, leisure, and adventure tourism opportunities.
GOA- A perfect holiday destination
Goa, one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, has remained shut for travellers since the nationwide coronavirus-induced lockdown finally reopened for tourists from 2nd July 2020.
Before the travel
- Tourists having pre-booked accommodations only will be permitted to enter the state of Goa.
- Fill up a self-declaration form- The form will be available at the pre-booked accommodation unit
- Quarantine upon arrival in Goa is not required.
Option A: carry a Covid-19 negative certificate issued in the last 48h (in this case, no extra test needed in Goa)
Option B: get tested in Goa, at your own cost, at the state entry point. Pay the test fees online or at state entry point.
- Go to the tourism kiosk at respective entry point. All tourists will undergo a basic screening through a thermal Gun.
- Get your mandatory documents checked at the tourism kiosk (as mentioned in before travel)
- Your swab sample will be collected at the state entry point. If you carry a COVID negative certificate from your port of origin, please avoid the further points.
- Go to your accommodation for check-in. You will stay in isolation until the result comes (not applicable in case you are carrying a COVID-19 negative certificate) Before the travel Travel Upon arrival
- Your result will come after 1 or 2 days. If negative, you can stay Goa. If positive, you will go to institutional quarantine.
Menino D Souza, Director, Goa Tourism
Government of Goa has permitted accommodation units registered with the department of tourism which have applied for reopening and given an undertaking that they are compliant with SOPs/guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the SOPs issued by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa whereby the hotels are required to make all necessary arrangements and ensure strict compliance with all the protocols prescribed therein to commence their business activities.
All Online Travel Agencies (OTAs), Tour and Travel operators are directed to facilitate bookings with only such accommodation units that are registered with the Department of Tourism and permitted by the authorities.
Manohar Ajgaonkar, Tourism Minister, Government of Goa
We have decided to allow domestic travellers to enter Goa from July 2 onwards provided they comply with certain norms. Tourists will either have to carry COVID-19
negative certificates to enter the state or will have to get tested at the border and undergo quarantine at a state-run facility till their results arrive. People who test positive will be given the option of returning to their respective states or staying back in Goa for treatment.
UTTARAKHAND – Simply Heaven
Uttarakhand government has allowed the reopening of its borders for tourism activities. Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful northern states of India that enthralls everyone with its spectacularly scenic landscapes. Charming hill stations juxtaposed against snow-capped peaks, quaint villages along winding mountain roads, serpentine rivers carving their way through the hills, world-renowned conservation parks like ‘Jim Corbett Tiger National Park’ and ‘Asan Wetland Conservation Reserve’, world heritage sites like ‘Valley of Flowers’ and ‘Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve’, waterfalls hurtling down slopes and serene lakes shimmering amidst beautiful towns – that’s Uttarakhand for you.
- Uttarakhand has opened borders for inter-state and inter-district tourism activities.
- For Char Dham Yatra, only residents of Uttarakhand will be allowed inside the temples.
- Hotels and homestays are now open for business, but only in those areas that are not in the state’s containment zones.
- 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.
- A mandatory COVID-19 negative test result.
- Seven days of hotel booking.
- Anybody entering the state from other parts of the country will have to upload their COVID-19 test report on their website, i.e., https://smartcity dehradun.uk.gov.in.
- COVID 19 test report should not be earlier than 72 hours from their time of arrival.
- No institutional quarantine with COVID-19 negative test result.
Shri Satpal Maharaj, Tourism Minister, Government of Uttarakhand
Tourists from other states are now welcome to Uttarakhand with mandatory COVID 19 negative test results. Any kind of infection in the state will be prohibited and those working in the tourism sector will get employment once again.
HIMACHAL PRADESH – Unforgettable Himachal
Himachal Pradesh has opened borders for inter-state and inter-district tourism activities.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular and easily accessible Hill State of India. People from all parts of the country as well from different parts of the world visit this beautiful State to enjoy its natural beauty.
- Tourists shall get themselves registered on www.covidepass.hp.gov.in atleast 48 hours before visiting Himachal under Tourist Category.
- Every tourist must have been tested not more than 72 hours before entering the State of H.P. and carry COVID TEST CERTIFICATE ( RT-PCR test based report) issued by ICMR authorized/ certified lab with a negative report.
- Must have downloaded Arogya Setu App.
- Tourists must have confirmed booking for atleast 5 days in a registered hotel in Himachal Pradesh. The proof of booking needs to be shown at the entry point of the State.
Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh
We have made a negative COVID-19 test mandatory for tourists. All tourists who want to visit Himachal Pradesh, must follow our SOPs, guidelines, maintain social distancing and use masks. This is peak time of tourism in the state. We are trying this for the revival of the economy in the region as tourism has been shut for long here.