Goa open for Domestic Tourists from Today

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Source India Times

Goa, one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, has remained shut for travellers since the nationwide coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed in March.

The tourism department has so far granted permission to 250 hotels, which can operate in keeping with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) put in place by the state 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 tourists to pre-book their stay at hotels, which have received the tourism department's approval.

Tourists will either have to carry COVID-19 negative certificates to enter the state, or will have to get tested at the border and undergo quarantine at a state-run facility till their results arrive

"People who test positive will be given the option of returning to their respective states or staying back in Goa for treatment," the minister added.

However, the question remains if people will be willing to travel as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in across the country.

While interstate travel has been allowed, many are still wary of risking their lives by travelling to tourist places.

Earlier, Goa was declared a 'Green Zone' after no cases were registered in the state, however later new cases came up.

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