Goa opens its borders for tourism, after being in lockdown for months due to the surge of new COVID-19 cases caused by the second wave.
Earlier in June, when the Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, was asked by a trusted source about the date by which Goa could reopen for tourists, he replied, “Until we administer at least the first dose of vaccine, there’s no question of opening the state for tourism. We have targeted to complete the first round of vaccination for everyone by 31st July. We’re getting a good response from the people so, will think about reopening Goa tourism once we’re done with the vaccination drive.”
According to the recent advisory, individuals who are fully-vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the date of arrival and those who’ll be able to provide a negative RT-PCR report with no older than 72 hours are allowed to enter the state.
In the light of some upcoming festivals, Mr. Sawant also added that new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for tourists will be laid down, mandating the full vaccination certificate and/or a negative RT-PCR report. To this, the president of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, Nilesh Shah was quoted as saying, “Goa is ready to welcome tourists with open hearts.” To ensure the safety of its visitors, as well as residents, travelers need to adhere to the aforementioned guidelines without fail.
A tourist told ANI, a news agency that “Goa Government is very alert. They are asking for masks everywhere and aren’t allowing anyone to enter without a negative RT-PCR report.”
Reopening Goa for tourists was a good sign, as told to a reputed news publication by the Director of Goa Airport, Gagan Malik. He further adds,