As India battled the ever-increasing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the summer of 2021, many interstate travel restrictions had been imposed to curb its spread, however, as the number of cases has come to a gradual decline, “How to plan my next vacation?” has been on everyone’s mind lately! Don’t worry, cause we’ve got your back on this one.
As per recent reports, the continual decline of cases has had the state authorities reduce certain stringent restrictions for citizens planning for interstate travelling.
If you’re planning an interstate trip, be sure to review the most recent COVID laws and limits.
To ensure that your travel remains risk-free, we have carefully prepared a guideline on interstate travel for your next vacay. Take a look below!
A Complete Guide on Interstate Travel
The Union Government has not recommended the previous process of taking an RT-PCR test for travel purposes, however, each state or territory has been given the liberty to chalk out a precautionary plan of quarantine, isolation and RT-PCR test after vaccination so as to avoid any sort of risks.
The following guidelines are applicable to all States and Union Territories to facilitate a smooth travelling process and have a uniform protocol for domestic travel across the country.
- All passengers travelling via railways, airways or roadways are required to self-monitor their health before commencing their journey.
- All passengers are required to adhere to appropriate COVID-19 protocols at all times which include the use of N-95 or cloth masks, personal hygiene, and maintaining social distance.
- Travellers are to avoid spitting or urinating in public places during their travel.
- There shall be no interstate travel restrictions imposed on citizens travelling via air, water, rail or road.
- In case a situation arises where RT-PCR tests for travel are required by any state or territory prior to entry, it is the responsibility of the State Government to publicise this widely for easy access and convenience.
- If you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and have passed the mandatory 15 days incubation period, you can show your final certificate of vaccination issued via the COWIN portal or the Aarogya Setu App, you are not required to produce a negative RT-PCR or RAT report.
- If a passenger is discovered to be symptomatic on arrival, he or she must undergo the Rapid Antigen Test as soon as possible.
- States have been given the authority to apply additional interstate travel restrictions if required.
However, despite the new travel restrictions many states have decided to stick to the previous format of interstate travel guidelines. States like Goa, Karnataka, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh have made it mandatory for travellers from Mumbai, Pune and Chennai to take an RT-PCR test after vaccination.
If you plan on booking your next vacation to explore the states of Maharashtra or Sikkim, you can get entry into the state on the basis of your double vaccination certificate.
We know that travelling during COVID-19 times can be a bit strenuous and scary! Nevertheless, following these COVID-19 guidelines makes it easier for you as well as the state authorities to keep it all under control.
We at VISTA always wish for a safer and hassle-free journey for you no matter where you plan your next big vacation, however, if you wish to unwind in a relaxed and safe environment, you can always check out our wide range of homes right from the North to the South of India.
Disclaimer: The material presented here was gathered from a variety of online sources and news websites. Please double-check the facts before making any trip arrangements.