The government of Jammu and Kashmir will reopen the union area to tourists starting tomorrow but in a phased manner.
In the first phase, the tourism sector is partially opened to external visitors from outside of Jammu and Kashmir, limited to tourists arriving by flights only.
“All incoming tourists must have confirmed hotel bookings for the duration of their stay. All incoming tourists must have confirmed return flight tickets to any location outside of J&K, either to their point of departure or to another destination,” an official order said.
RT-PCR tests of all tourists at the airport upon arrival are also mandatory.
“Until the test result shows a negative result for COVID 19, a tourist stays in the hotel where the booking was made and is not allowed to move out. A form must be signed at the airport. Test results will normally arrive within 24 hours, except in special circumstances. The hotel management must ensure that this protocol is observed “, says the order.
Those found to have violated the regulation will be prosecuted under the 2005 Disaster Management Act.
The government has advised tourists over the age of 65 not to enter the union territory.
The tourism sector, the backbone of J-K’s economy, was worst hit by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent nationwide blockade in March. On July 8, after 100 days of closure, the government opened gardens and parks to the public.
According to the rules, taxis/transport options must be booked in advance through the hotel/travel agency, for which the tourism department is implementing procedures.