After four months of lockdown, Goa has reopened some of its hotels and facilities for tourists from Thursday. The Goa tourism minister has said Covid negative certificate is must for all visitors.
Goa has reopened for tourists. (PTI)
After four months of lockdown, Goa has reopened some of its hotels and facilities for tourists from Thursday. Goa Tourism Minister M Ajgaonkar had announced the decision to reopen Goa for tourism and said that tourists will have to test negative for coronavirus in order to enter the state.
He had said, “Goa to open for tourists from tomorrow as 250 hotels were granted permission to resume operations. For a tourist to enter Goa, he/she will have to carry a COVID19 negative certificate within stipulated 48 hours window or get mandatorily tested in Goa.”
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 decision to restart tourism activities was taken during a state cabinet meeting, the minister said.
The Goa 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.