Goa, one of the India’s popular tourist spot, has remained closed for tourists since the nationwide pandemic. Lockdown was imposed in end of March.
Panaji: Tourism Minister of Goa Manohar Ajgaonkar on 1st July announced that the Goa will be open to domestic traveler. Starting from 2nd July 2020, 250 hotels have been granted permission to resume.
The decision to start tourism activities again was taken during a state cabinet meeting, as per minister.
The hotels which can operate in keeping with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) put in place by the Goa government.
“We have decided to allow domestic travellers to enter Goa from July 2 onwards provided they comply with certain norms,” the minister said.
It will be mandatory for traveler to pre-book their hotel stay in Goa. Hotels who received the tourism department’s approval, he said.
Home stays and Hotels that have not registered with the department to reopen operations . They also restricted to entertain tourists or offer Internet bookings, Mr. Ajgaonkar said.
Traveler will either have to carry coronavirus negative certificates to enter Goa or will have to get checked at the border and undergo quarantine at a Goa-run facility till their report arrive, he said.
“Traveler who test positive will be given the option of returning to their state of origin. The other option is to staying back in Goa for treatment,” the minister added.