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Arunachal Pradesh Opens for Tourists

Only pre-booked package tours, done exclusively through local tours operators of the state were allowed to operate

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Arunachal Pradesh (pic: Pema Khandu)

GUWAHATI: The scenic state of Arunachal Pradesh opened its door for tourists on Thursday after a long gap since the nationwide lockdown was imposed owing to the Covid 19 pandemic.

“Tourists should wear a protective face mask while within the premises of any tourists destination. All payments should be done through digital modes, wherever possible. Use of the Aarogya Setu app is mandatory for tourists, tour guides and drivers,” the SOP said.

Only pre-booked package tours, done exclusively through local tours operators of the state were allowed to operate.

Asking all to visit Arunachal Pradesh, the state’s chief minister Pema Khandu on Thursday tweeted: “Arunachal Pradesh opens today to welcome tourists. Get mesmerised by its beauty and rejuvenated by the purity of its nature. Those who dreamt- its time to explore…! Tourists visiting Arunachal Pradesh are requested to follow the new normal SOP.”

As per the guidelines issued by the state government there, all tourist transport and ground handling services, including pick up/drop, will be conducted through authorised local travel agents/tour operators only.

The SOP said that all tourists visiting the state should possess a valid Covid-19 negative certificate (RTPCR or True NAT test) from ICMR designated laboratory/facility, not more than 72 hours prior to the date of arrival, a government notification read.

Besides, everyone was asked to adhere to all the Covid19 hygiene protocols. Family and groups were also allowed to stay together if they ensure that they obey the social distancing norms.