Jammu and Kashmir opens for tourists, but only pre-booked; air passengers are allowed. Jammu and Kashmir is all set to reopen for tourism from July 14 but only for air travellers. The decision to reopen was taken by the J&K government. In the guidelines issued by the government, it has been notified, “There will be partial opening of the tourism sector for visitors from outside J&K, limited to tourists arriving by air only.”
1. Due to corona virus pandemic, the tourism sector, which is the backbone of Jammu and Kashmir’s economy, was the worst hit.
2. Days after opening parks and gardens to the public, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday (12.07.20) decided to open the tourism sector in a phased manner with effect from Tuesday.
3. Tourists who will come by flight will get this access only.
4. However, it advised the tourists above the age of 65 years to avoid coming to the union territory.
5. Compulsory RT-PCR (Covid test) testing of all tourists at the airport on arrival.
6. Declaring the decision and the guidelines for entry of tourists in the UT in phase-1 valid with effect from July 14, an order issued by the State Executive Committee said, “Any deviation from this order shall attract penal action under the disaster management Act.”
7. All incoming tourists must have confirmed hotel bookings for the duration of their stay. All incoming tourists must have confirmed return air tickets to any place outside J&K, either to their departure point or any other location.
8. It said the cabs or transport facilities have to be pre-booked through the hotel or travel agency for which procedures would be put in place by the tourism department on its website.
9. Tourists have to mandatorily pre-book their accommodation online in hotels, houseboats or guest houses.
10. It said all tourists should have the Arogya Setu app installed on their phones and shall be checked for ‘safe’ status on the app at the time of arrival before entering the premises.