After Goa and Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir administration has also decided to reopen its doors for travellers. The move come to give a boost to the state’s travel run economy. Yet, keeping the present Coronavirus situation in mind, the UT is only allowing air travellers. The opening will be in a phased manner, to ensure that the COVID number do not spike up.
In the notification released by the J & K administration, it is stated: “There will be a partial opening of the tourism sector for visitors from outside J&K, limited to tourists arriving by air only.” It was further stated, “In the view of the Covid related measures, it is felt imperative to put in place a protocol to be followed by the tourists as well the person’s/authorities engaged in the hospitality sector.”
Thereby, the government has decided to conduct reopening in a phased manner, the first phase being only for air travel.
The guidelines are as follows –
1) All the tourists must have confirmed hotel bookings for the duration of their stay. It is mandatory to pre-book accommodation online in hotels, houseboats, or guesthouses. The proof of this will be checked at the time of arrival.
2) All tourists must have their return tickets.
3) RT PCR test is mandatory for all tourists on arrival and until the test result shows a negative for COVID-19, tourists will stay put in their hotel rooms and shall not be permitted to move out. Tourists will have to sign a form at the airport. Test results are expected to arrive in 24 hours.
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4) Even if a tourist comes with COVID negative report, he/she will still have to take the RT-PCR test on arrival at the airport. However, they will not be required to remain isolated in hotels.
5) If a tourist test positive for the virus, he/she will be immediately sent for treatment to a medical facility as per the protocol.
6) Taxis or transport services have to be pre-booked through hotels or travel agencies.
7) Aarogya Setu app is a must and all tourists should have it installed on their phones and shall be checked for ‘safe’ status at the time of arrival.
These precautions are being taken to ensure the UT can curb the number of positive cases. The total number of positive cases in the states has risen to 10, 827 with 187 deaths, and 6,095 recovered cases.
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