Himachal & Uttarakhand government have finally lifted the travel ban and we cannot be more excited. The decision was taken to reinstate tourism which is heavily hampered because of COVID-19. Travel guidelines were issued on 2nd July 2020 by the state government which says that all travel restrictions have been lifted from inter-district, inter-state travelling. There is also no restriction on foreign tourists travelling to the state of Himachal & Uttarakhand. The guidelines also outline certain safety measures that have to be taken both by travellers and the tourism department in order to contain the spread of Corona Virus.
Tourists tested negative for COVID-19 can now travel to non-containment zones of Himachal & Uttarakhand. As per new guidelines, only 60% occupancy in restaurants and dhabas will be allowed. Hotels will ensure that the visitors have undergone proper RT-PCR tests not earlier than 72 hours and they will be allowed to stay only if the report says that they are tested negative. There is no restriction on the maximum duration of stay. Tourists can stay as long as they want but homestays and hotels are instructed to take bookings for a minimum of 5 days from tourists.
Even tourists have to take certain measures and follow a few procedures to travel safely to mountains and enjoy hassle free holidays. Listed below are the new guidelines that need to be followed by tourists planning to travel to these two states:
If you are travelling to any of these two states, you will have to upload your COVID-19 test report on the official webportal of the state
Tourists have to register 48 hours in advance on the state government's COVID e-pass website
The district authorities will ensure verification of the medical reports submitted by tourists on all checkpoints and everyone is requested to comply by the same.
Although Inter-district travellers are exempted from quarantine, they are required to register themselves on the web portal prior to the journey.
Bars at restaurants will not be functional, but travellers have the liberty to order liquor as part of room-service.
International travellers will have to register themselves on the web portal and undergo a period of seven days each in institutional and home quarantine.
Although the tourism ban has been lifted from the state of Himachal & Uttarakhand, tourism activities have not gotten the green signal. Discussions are underway to start the same by taking proper precautions but nothing solid has come on surface for now.
So pack your bags, put on those travelling shoes and head towards mountains because work from mountains is finally a thing now! :)