People traveling to Uttarakhand no longer need to carry negative reports of RT-PCR test done within 72 hours, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami announced on Friday, July 31. The CM’s announcement comes as the COVID-19 situation has improved. The active caseload in the state has declined significantly.
On the other hand, the India Meteorological Department is warning tourists to stay safe and be alert due to inclement weather as many parts of the state are facing the wrath of heavy rains.
Earlier all people coming to Uttarakhand from outside including tourists were required to show a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours of arrival at the airport and point of entry into the state.
CM Dhami said in a news channel program, ‘The rate of infection has come down significantly in the state. There are many districts from where not a single positive case of Kovid-19 is coming out. According to Dhami, under these circumstances, the state government has made mandatory arrangements for easing travel restrictions by eliminating the need to carry documentary evidence of vaccination and negative RT-PCR reports while traveling to the state.
Referring to the problems faced by the tourists visiting Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Dhami said that due to this type of checking system, hundreds of vehicles get stuck at the entry gates of the state, leading to jam situation. He said that the top officials concerned have been informed to do away with these rules and soon this new arrangement will be added in the new guidelines of the COVID-19 protocol.