Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Wednesday announced that the coastal state, Goa will be open to tourists starting July 2, as 250 hotels have been granted permission to resume operations.
Goa, one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, has remained shut for travelers since the nationwide coronavirus affected national lockdown which was imposed in March. The decision to restart tourism activities was taken during a state cabinet meeting, the minister said.“We have decided to allow domestic travelers to enter Goa from July 2 onwards provided they comply with certain norms,” the minister said.
The travel for tourists has however come up with some strict guidelines which include, pre-booking of their stay at hotels. The hotels and homestays that have not registered with the department to reopen business will not be allowed to entertain guests or offer online bookings and people can’t stay in such unregistered hotels and homestays. Along with this, tourists will either have to carry Covid-19 negative certificates to enter the state or will have to get tested at the border and undergo quarantine at a state-run facility till their results arrive.
“People who test positive will be given the option of returning to their respective states or staying back in Goa for treatment,” the minister said.
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