Arunachal Pradesh reopens for visitors; COVID negative report essential

Arunachal Pradesh reopens for visitors; COVID negative report essential

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has announced reopening of the state to visitors, and requested them to follow the new normal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Khandu tweeted regarding the same and stated, “Arunachal Pradesh opens today to welcome tourists. Get mesmerized by its beauty and rejuvenated by the purity of its nature. Those who dreamt—it’s time to explore.”

Rules to keep in mind if you are visiting Arunachal Pradesh

1. As per the SOP, only pre-booked package tours, done exclusively via local tours operators of the state will be allowed to operate. All ground handling and tourist transport services, including pick up/drop, will also be authorised via local travel tour/agent operators.

2. Since Inner Line Permit (ILP) is required to visit the state, visitors will need to provide four other additional documents—tour itineraries and vehicle details, COVID-19 certificate, tour booking slips, and details of the guide and driver.

3. Tourists should possess a valid COVID-19 negative certificate (RTPCR or True NAT test) from ICMR designated laboratory/facility, which they have undergone not more than 72 hours prior to the date of arrival, as per a government notification.

4. All tourists, accompanying drivers and guides from outside the state should adhere to COVID-19 inter-state traveller testing protocol issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Arunachal Pradesh.

5. As per the protocol, tourists should strictly observe adequate social distancing norms. Although family groups can stay together, they would have to ensure that they will remain 2 m away from other individuals or family groups.

6. Visitors are expected to wear protective face masks when they are within the premises of any tourist destination and that all payments are processed via digital mode, wherever possible.

7. Aarogya Setu app is mandatory for visitors, including tour guides and drivers.

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