India’s party capital Goa will reopen to domestic travellers starting from July 2nd, says the Deputy Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Ajgaonkar.
This announcement was followed by the tourism board’s permission to 250 hotels to reopen as per the standard operating procedures of the state government. Goa shunned its border to travellers when the centre announced nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of novel COVID-19. After assessing the unlock 2.0 situation that came into effect recently, Goa plans a calibrated tourism revival with some conditions.
The travellers will have to comply with the following norms on their first post-lockdown trip to Goa—
- It’s mandatory for the travellers to prebook their accommodation at any of the 250 hotels deemed safe to reopen by the government
- Travellers to bring COVID-negative certificates obtained no later than 48 hours before arriving in Goa
Prebooking the stay is absolutely necessary and travellers can’t avail offline registration or spot booking upon their entry into Goa. Travellers arriving without a COVID-negative certificate will have to comply with border health screening and undergo a brief quarantine period until the results arrive. If found positive, they can either opt to return home or stay back in Goa for treatment, the official announcement reads.