Though India has come out of nationwide lockdown, state governments are still imposing their version of travel restrictions. Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have decided to permit the entry of outsiders and tourists into the state. However, the state governments have listed a set of guidelines for the visitors to follow, including a COVID-19 negative test, if people wish to tour.
So, here’s all you require to know if you are planning on visiting the hills of Uttarakhand amid the pandemic.
Three major conditions for anyone travelling to Uttarakhand during coronavirus times include…
1. Getting an ePass from Dehradun Smart City website
2. Having a COVID negative report.
3. Having ArogyaSetup app downloaded on your phone
If you’re travelling from Delhi you will have to present your papers and do registration at more than 2 checkpoints. The first checkpoint is near Haridwar.
At every checkpoint, there is going to be confusion, chaos, and queues. Consider the chaos very India-like. Those completing the registration will behave coldly and confusingly. No one knows what they are doing.
Covid-19 Negative Report
All tourists reaching Uttarakhand need to have a Covid-19 negative report unless they are ready to get isolated or they happen to be a VIP.
The handy option is to get the report from your city and then travel. The report requires to be no older than 72 hours.
ePass For Uttarakhand
Unlike a COVID negative report, that you can travel without and get yourself quarantined in Uttarakhand, getting an ePass is mandatory.
For the ePass, you will have to register on the Dehradun Smart City website. Provide your contact details and other particulars such as where you are travelling from and where you will be staying while in the state.
You can upload your COVID negative report if you have one.
Getting Quarantine In Uttarakhand
If you have a COVID-19 negative report, you can skip reading this part as you don’t need to quarantine yourself.
If, however, you don’t have a COVID-19 negative report, and…
1.You’re coming from a region with a high number of COVID-19 cases, minimum 14-days of quarantine is mandatory. The institutional quarantine can be a paid hotel or a free-government facility. The home quarantine can be any other regular hotel or a backpackers hostel.
2.You’re coming from a low coronavirus cases zone, a minimum of 7-day home quarantine is mandatory. You can book one of the regular hotels and they can act as your home quarantine facility.
Use Arogrya Setu app to find out if you’re coming from a high or low COVID cases region.
Pregnant women, senior citizens and kids under the age of 10 are exempt from institutional quarantine, even if they are coming from a high COVID infection region. Instead, they will be needed to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
Are Hotels Open In Uttarakhand?
Yes, they are. Though some hotels have temporarily become registered quarantine centres, most hotels are functioning as they were before. On a good note, you can also expect most hotels charging a lower price during the pandemic.
Is It Possible To Travel In A Bus?
It is, but with a lot of hassle. For one, travelling in public transport is not safe at the moment. Secondly, any other state-transport bus isn’t allowed inside of Uttarakhand.
Is It Possible To Travel Inside Uttarakhand?
You need a different ePass for every district you’re travelling to inside Uttarakhand.
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