We may actually be able to salvage our summer vacations after all! Goa has reopened for domestic tourists from July 2 onwards. And, we cannot keep calm! By Amitha Ameen

 

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One of India’s most famous tourist spots, Goa, had remained shut for travellers ever since the Coronavirus lockdown was set in motion. But on Wednesday, Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar announced that the state will reopen for domestic tourists from July 2 onwards.

Ajgaonkar said that the decision to reopen the state for tourism activities was taken during a recent cabinet meeting. “We have decided to allow domestic travellers to enter Goa from July 2 onwards provided they comply with certain norms,” he said (as reported by NDTV). 250 hotels have so far been given the green light to resume operations, while strictly adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) rolled out by the government.

 

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Those hotels and homestays that have not registered with the state’s tourism department to reopen business will not be allowed to welcome guests or be open for bookings. Further, tourists wishing to arrive in the state will be required to pre-book their stays from the hotels that have received the approval.

More importantly, travellers will be expected to present a COVID-19 certificate with negative results, in order to enter the state. If that is not possible, they can opt to get tested upon arrival and undergo quarantine at a state-run facility until their test results arrive. “People who test positive will be given the option of returning to their respective states or staying back in Goa for treatment,” the minister further added.

 

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