Jammu and Kashmir is all set to reopen for tourism from July 14 but only for air travellers. The decision to reopen was taken by the J&K government. In the guidelines issued by the government, it has been notified, “There will be partial opening of the tourism sector for visitors from outside J&K, limited to tourists arriving by air only.”
The official release further read, “In the view of the Covid related measures, it is felt imperative to put in place a protocol to be followed by the tourists as well the persons/authorities engaged in the hospitality sector.”
Thus, the government has decided to open the UT in a phased manner and is allowing entry to only those tourists arriving by air in the first phase of reopening.
Following are some of the highlights from the guidelines:
- All the tourists must have confirmed hotel bookings for the duration of their stay. It is mandatory to pre-book accommodation online in hotels, houseboats or guesthouses. The proof of this will be checked at the time of arrival.
- All tourists must have their return tickets too.
- Upon arrival, all the tourists will have to undergo RT-PCR testing (mandatory). And until the test result shows a negative for COVID-19, tourists will stay put in their hotel rooms and shall not be permitted to move out. Tourists will have to sign a form at the airport. Test results arrive in 24 hours (except in special circumstances).
- Even if a tourist comes with COVID negative report, he/she will still have to take the RT-PCR test on arrival at the airport. However, they will not be required to remain isolated in hotels.
- If a tourist tests positive for the virus, he/she will be immediately sent for treatment to a medical facility as per the protocol.
- Taxis or transport service have to be pre-booked through hotel or travel agencies.
- Tourists above the age of 65 should avoid travelling.
- Only tourists coming by air shall be permitted.
- Aarogya Setu app is a must and all tourists should have it installed on their phones and shall be checked for ‘safe’ status at the time of arrival.