Goa has issued Guidelines and Regulations for Re-opening of Goa for Tourists. The state decided to resume tourist activities from July 2.
The Minister also said that he gave permission to 250 hotels to resume operations. Bookings will be allowed only in those hotels which are registered with the tourism department.
However, tourists entering the state will have to follow certain guidelines issued by the government to curb coronavirus.
Guidelines and Regulations for Re-opening of Goa for Tourists
Before the travel
- PIck-up your hotel. Pre-booking is mandatory to enter Goa. Only hotels with the highest safety and hygiene standards are open. To access the list of accommodations permitted by Department of Tourism: www.goatourism.gov.in and www.goa-tourism.com
- Fill up a self-declaration form to help us keeping you safe. The form will be available at the pre-booked accommodation unit
- Quarantine upon arrival In Goa is not required.
- Option A: Carry a Covid-19 negative certificate issued in last 48h (in this case, no extra test needed in Goa)
- Option B: get tested in Goa, at your Otto cost, at state entry point. Pay the test fees online or at state entry point.
- By road: Dodarnarg, Patradevi, Keri, Molten, Pollem
- By air: Dabolim International Airport
- By train: Madgaon, Thivirn, Vasco da Gama
- Go to the tourism kiosk at respective entry point. All tourists will undergo a basic screening through a thermal Gun.
- Get your mandatory documents checked at the tourism kiosk (mentioned oin 1, 2, 3)
- Your swab sample will be collected at the state entry point. If you carry a Covid negative certificate from your port of origin, you can skip step 7 and 8.
- Go to your accommodation for check-in. You will stay in isolation until the result comes (not applicable in case you are carrying a COVID-19 negative certificate)
- Your result will come after 1 or 2 days. If negative, you can stay Goa. If positive, you will go to institutional quarantine.
However, the Goan economy thrives a lot on tourism. The state welcomed more than 7 million domestic tourists in 2019. With other industries shut and revenues drying up, pressure had been mounting on the state government to restart tourism.
Moreover, assuring the government that they would follow all the SOPs and guidelines, the Travel and Tourism of Goa (TTAG) had recently appealed to the government to allow hotels to restart operations at the earliest.