Kerala is Open - Guidelines for Kerala Tour During COVID-19
Written By - Ashmi
Is it Safe to Plan a Kerala Trip During COVID-19?
Kerala is the best travel destination with Enchanting hill station, lush green forest, and the beauty of backwaters. During this pandemic, a great question arises. Is it safe to plan a Kerala Trip During Covid-19 Pandemic?? We know that our guests worry. So we are sharing all information you want to know while planning your Kerala tour packages during COVID 19.
The Much Awaited Destination is Open with Covid Protocol on 15-10-2020. Due to the spreading of COVID – 19, most of the tourist places were closed down by mid of March 2020. Now the Kerala Govt has decided to restart tourism in Kerala, along with they want to ensure that the guests who desperately want to visit Kerala should not have any difficulty due to COVID -19. The Govt of Kerala has Withdrawn 7 Days Quarantine for Kerala Tourism. Kerala's tourist destinations, except beaches, are now open, under the COVID-19 protocol. The beaches will reopen on November 1, 2020.
Guidelines for Kerala Tour During COVID-19
1. The domestic tourists who visit Kerala for short trips (less than 7 days) are free from quarantine.
2. All domestic tourists should register in the COVlD Jagratha portal. https://covid19jagratha.kerala.nic.in/home/ General Administration Department to include tourism short trips (7 days) in the covid Jagratha portal for all tourists.
3. if for any reason, the tourists plan to lengthen their stay for more than 7 days in Kerala, they may go through the test at cost on 7'th day from ICMR/State Government approved Laboratories and follow the COVID-19 health advisories. They must remain in paid quarantine until the test results.
4. Avoid travel if Symptomatic
5. Maintain social distancing of 2 meters from everybody throughout their stay in the State and carry sanitizers while traveling.
6. Put on Face Masks throughout.
7. Stay away from elderly and people with morbidity Persons above 65 years of age' persons with morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years are advised to take extra precautions as per MHA guidelines.
8. Practice hand hygiene at least every half an hour and before and after touching frequently touched surfaces.
9. Avoid visiting public places/congregations other than the planned purpose of visit and avoid public transport.
10. All tourists should pre-book their stay in the hotel
11. Tourists to have a pre-arranged specific itinerary for the visit
12. Encourage the online purchase of entry tickets to National parks/wildlife sanctuaries, monuments, etc
13. Allotted time slots by any facility/tourist attraction/activity should be followed by all tourists for the convenience of service providers and other tourists
14. Tourists should avoid handling cash as much as possible' Payments may be done through digital modes.
15. Do self-symptom surveillance during their stay in State (Fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of smell/taste, fatigue (for test-smell coffee, and look for alteration in the perception of smell)) and contact DISHA 1056 if they develop symptoms and follow health advisory.
16. Anybody who develop any of the above-mentioned symptoms (even if mild) to remain in strict isolation
17. The domestic tourists who visit the State for more than 7 days have to produce a COVID negative certificate (RTPCR test rapid Antigen test within 48 hrs prior to arrival from ICMR/State Government approved laboratory) or undergo Rapid Antigen Test/RTPCR Test at cost on arrival in the state from ICMR/State Government approved Laboratories and test negative.
18. The domestic tourists who visit the State for more than 7 days and have not produced the test results of COVID testing within 48 hours prior to the entry or not tested after the entry in Kerala shall undergo 7 days quarantine and can be tested on the 7'th day after arrival and if tested negative further quarantine of 7 days is optional and not mandatory since 14 days quarantine is desirable as per Health protocol. Those who don't get tested on the 7'th day would be advised to continue on quarantine for the remaining 7 days and complete a total of 14 days in quarantine