The travel and tourism industry has been hit the most due to the ongoing Coronavirus. With the present crisis, the travel and tourism industry has witnessed a loss of about 60 to 70 per cent in its revenue share. However, the state governments are now preparing to open the tourism sector in order to cover up this loss. Top of the list is Goa, the tourism paradise of India. As Goa Gets Ready To Welcome Tourists, the state government has issued some strict guidelines for people who wish to travel to the state.
This was revealed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) when they stated the rules as laid down by the state government for the passengers flying to Goa. The passengers must adhere to these quarantine rules in the wake of the present crisis. The AAI revealed that it is mandatory for everyone travelling to Goa to undergo a 14-day home quarantine process on arrival. However, people can also opt for a paid institutional quarantine facility offered by the government.
AAI also stated that all passengers must go for 14 days home quarantine or can opt for paid institutional quarantine for 14 days. However, there would be an exemption granted if the passenger can show a negative Covid-19 negative certificate as issued by laboratories recognized by ICMR. Nevertheless, the report should not be older than 48 hours before the arrival time.
Also, as per the directives, an exemption would be offered if the passenger agrees for a swab test costing rupees 2000. Also, the passenger should agree to remain in a paid institutional or home quarantine centre till the time Corona test results are out.
The state government of Goa has set some special guidelines for people who wish to visit the state:
- The passenger needs to make a pre-booking of accommodation in hotels. They need to keep this proof with them wherever they step out as it would be checked at various intervals at entry points.
- All the passengers need to undergo the procedure of basic screening at the entry point only. If any passenger exhibits any symptom of the virus infection, the passenger would have to undergo a Corona test at any of the designated laboratories or hospitals. However, the passenger would have to pay for the test.
- The above-mentioned details would be checked by designated authorities upon arrival of the passenger. Moreover, the passenger would also have to follow some safety protocols.
- If the passenger is carrying along with a Covid-19 negative report, they will be permitted to move towards their booked accommodations. However, if the passenger is not carrying the report along with them, they will be sent to the designated laboratories for the test.
- If the passenger wishes to change their place of booking, they would be allowed only after the department of tourism reviews the situation.
- Passengers will also be required to fill a self-declaration health form as provided by the accommodation centre.
- Passengers would also be required to update their health status through the designated Aarogya Setu.