Guide To Traveling During Unlock 5.0
After a nationwide imposed lockdown caused due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Government has slowly started the unlocking phase where the restrictions and regulations are tweaked and let loose a little. With new updates and guidelines, it is hard to keep up with all the dos and don’ts.
As was the case in the previous phases of unlock, MHA had allowed resuming of the services of metro rails. The intrastate and interstate prohibitions were lifted, allowing transport of people and goods. Public places like bars and pubs also reopened. While it’s still not safe out there, it’s important to be responsible about the situation in case you really have to travel.
Here’s what you should know about travelling during Unlock 5.0.
Permits have been issued for interstate travel as well during the phase of Unlock 4.0 which continued even in the Unlock 5.0. Unlike in the previous unlock phases which required the travellers to show their e-permit or e-pass to travel, the government of India has abolished such restrictions under Unlock 5.0.
Under the unlock phase 4.0, metro trains have resumed their services all across the nation, and it has been continued even under the Unlock 5.0. Metro Rail services had been on halt since the month of March due to the outbreak.
States That Have Eased Off Restrictions For Travellers
In the hopes of boosting tourism with help of Unlock 5.0, few of the states have lifted restrictions for tourists and opened their doors back to travellers.
Sikkim decided to uplift the border restrictions with the neighbouring state of West Bengal by allowing unrestrained vehicle movements. However, the tourism sector of the state will resume slowly in numerous phases, while having different guidelines for its tourists to adhere.
- The first phase of tourism allows only Indian native tourists into the state.
- Prior to 72hours of arrival to the state, tourists are mandated to carry their Covid-19 negative report that is either RT-PCR or Truenat test.
- Before travelling to Sikkim, tourists are required to apply for a ‘Travel Card’ that can be obtained from the portal of Sikkim Tourism. Tourists are requested to carry it with them at all times while in the state.
- The tourists and travel agents are required to pre-book all their travels and accommodations that adhere to the safety guidelines.
- People aged over 65 and children below 10 are advised not to travel. Under unavoidable circumstances in which case they have to travel, they are required to make minimal movements during their travel.
- Tourists are not allowed to travel inside the containment zones and are mandated to carry sanitizers and face masks at all times.
- Tourists are advised to opt for digital transactions and minimize the use of physical contact as much as possible.
The Indian state of Uttarakhand too decided to lift any coronavirus related restrictions for the travellers and tourists.
- The tourists are no longer required to carry their Covid-19 negative test reports in order to gain permit to the state.
- Earlier there was a restriction imposed on tourists in Uttarakhand where it was compulsory for them to stay in Hotels or Homestays for at least 2 days.That restriction has also been lifted now.
The state of Odisha has come to the conclusion to reopen their doors to all the tourist destinations in the state. The state’s Tourism Minister announced to get back on track to promote and boost Odisha’s tourism along with adhering to all the safety guidelines and necessary protocols.
Hotels And Resorts
The state of Sikkim has decided to resume their hotel and homestay services for the tourists. Nevertheless, there are a few guidelines that are being followed:
- Tourists who haven’t registered themselves for a Travel Card under the Sikkim Tourism portal are not allowed to make any reservations.
- The hotels in the area labeled as the containment zone are not allowed to operate.
- In case of a tourist showing any symptoms, hotels are mandated to always operate in such a way that they prepare a separate room during the emergency isolation.
Since the lockdown period in March, during the month of July, the government of the state had only allowed its delivery services. After being shut down for over 2 and half months since July, the state has finally decided to provide dine-in services in restaurants. The dine-in services are allowed following all the proper protocols, which includes hygienic factors and social distancing norms.
International travels other than a few places that were permitted by MHA are still prohibited.
Countries where international travel is not banned are Maldives, Bhutan, Japan, Iraq, Bahrain, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom, the UAE, Qatar, France, Germany, Nigeria, Kenya, the United States of America and Canada.
Air travel to and from these 16 countries are signed up to be in air bubble arrangements.