Sikkim to Open For tourism from 10th October – Hotel Bookings To Start From September 27th
In what is welcome news to travelers that have been waiting to visit the northeastern paradise that is Sikkim, the state government announced that they would be welcoming tourists from October 10th onwards.
It is being reported that the Sikkim government has permitted hotels, homestays, hostels, guesthouses and all other tourism related services to resume operations. Sikkim will also lift any covid led border restrictions and reopen the border with West Bengal from October 1st 2020, thus promoting unrestricted road travel between the two states.
Just like with other Indian states. Sikkim government has also issued SOPs for hotels and other stakeholders in the tourism sector and these should be announced in the next few days. It is also being reported that travelers planning a trip to Sikkim will be able to start booking accommodation (hotels & homestays) from the 27th of September.
Meanwhile Inner Line Permits for international travelers with valid visas wanting to visit Sikkim will be granted from the 10th of October onwards.
It is also being reported that Sikkim will enforce an odd-even rule for public vehicles from the 1st of October.
Sikkim had earlier implemented a road rationing rule, this was done in order to reduce vehicular traffic and pollution in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The rule was focused on limiting the number of cards allowed to be on the road on the basis of the last digit of the registration number.
Meanwhile a week long lockdown was announced in Gangtok from yesterday until the 27th of September to curtail the spread of COVID-19 infections. Despite the lockdown, Sikkim is seemingly readying itself to reopen for tourism as early as from October 10th.