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.”

The official release further read, “In the view of the Covid related measures, it is felt imperative to put in place a protocol to be followed by the tourists as well the persons/authorities engaged in the hospitality sector.”

Thus, the government has decided to open the UT in a phased manner and is allowing entry to only those tourists arriving by air in the first phase of reopening.

Following are some of the highlights from the guidelines:

1) All the tourists must have confirmed hotel bookings for the duration of their stay. It is mandatory to pre-book accommodation online in hotels, houseboats or guesthouses. The proof of this will be checked at the time of arrival.

2) All tourists must have their return tickets too.

3) Upon arrival, all the tourists will have to undergo RT-PCR testing (mandatory). And until the test result shows a negative for COVID-19, tourists will stay put in their hotel rooms and shall not be permitted to move out. Tourists will have to sign a form at the airport. Test results arrive in 24 hours (except in special circumstances).

4) Even if a tourist comes with COVID negative report, he/she will still have to take the RT-PCR test on arrival at the airport. However, they will not be required to remain isolated in hotels.

5) If a tourist tests positive for the virus, he/she will be immediately sent for treatment to a medical facility as per the protocol.

6) Taxis or transport service have to be pre-booked through hotel or travel agencies.

7) Tourists above the age of 65 should avoid travelling.

8) Only tourists coming by air shall be permitted.

9) Aarogya Setu app is a must and all tourists should have it installed on their phones and shall be checked for ‘safe’ status at the time of arrival.

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