To boost the state’s tourism sector, the Sikkim government, on Sunday, August 15, decided to ease COVID travel restrictions. Those who have received the first dose of vaccination are permitted to enter the state. They need to produce a negative certificate, however, of an RT-PCR test performed 72 hours prior to arriving in Sikkim.
Individuals, who are fully vaccinated, can enter the state without any restrictions. Those under the age of 18, however, will be required to show a COVID negative RT-PCR test certificate.
The government has allowed shops and restaurants to increase their operating hours from 5 PM to 8 PM. Following this, tourist vehicles and two-wheelers will no longer have to follow the odd-even rationing scheme. Although, private cars and local taxis will still have to abide by the same. Under this regulation, cars with number plates that end in even numbers can run on even dates, while those with odd numbers can run on odd dates.