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When will India open for tourists?

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Update on 30 November, 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 in Maharashtra, Mumbai: People traveling to Maharashtra, Mumbai from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat must have proper time and planning to avoid any hassle at the station and airport. According to the Indian Express report, hundreds of airline riders and train passengers had to pass it Wednesday when they were unaware of the mandatory Covid-19 test guidelines enforced by the government of Maharashtra.

The Maharashtra government has imposed restrictions on tourists from Gujarat, Goa, Rajasthan and Delhi by encouraging them to undergo the RT-PCR Covid-19 test.

Updated on 23 November 2020

The Government of India has extended the nation-wide lockdown until 30 November 2020. 

The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, had started domestic flight operations in India from 25 May 2020, albeit in a calibrated manner.

International flight operations have not resumed yet

Updated on 14 October

Most of India’s eastern states will start welcoming tourists at some point in October.

Odisha has decided to open up the beaches of Puri and Gopalpur, temples of Bhubaneswar and Konark, Chilka Lake and other experiences to tourists from October, though it has yet to announce a date. The government has launched the ‘Odisha by Road’ campaign to urge travellers to explore the state’s tourist circuit by road.

Sikkim will reopen to tourists from 10 October. The state government has allowed hotels, homestays and other tourism-related services to resume operations and will also open the state border with West Bengal for unrestricted travel by road from 1 October. Bookings for hotels and homestays resumed from 27 September. Inner Line Permits for foreign tourists with valid visas shall be issued from 10 October.

Tripura will also reopen all tourist spots in the state from 1 October. To promote tourism, the state will construct a helipad near the popular Dumbur Lake in the Chabimura region, famous for its rock carvings along the River Gomti. The tourism department has introduced water scooters as well as floating jetty and speed boat services at Dumbur Lake.

The chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu has indicated that the state will reopen for tourists after October, given how crucial tourism is to the local economy.

In short, most of India is open for tourists. But remember that there are strict rules in place—masks are mandatory everywhere you go; physical distancing is obligatory and the need to respect local sensitivities and concerns is now more than ever.

We will update the latest announcements from the Bhutan government here when we receive information

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