Updated: Feb 3
As the country enters Unlock 2.0, many states are opening up while some are extending the lockdown citing the spike in the number of cases.
Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has said that the coastal state, a popular tourist destination, will be open to tourists starting July 2, as 250 hotels have been granted permission to resume operations.
Goa, one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, has remained shut for travelers since the nationwide coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed in March.
The tourism department has so far granted permission to 250 hotels, which can operate in keeping with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) put in place by the state government.
"We have decided to allow domestic travelers to enter Goa from July 2 onwards provided they comply with certain norms," the minister said. It will be mandatory for tourists to pre-book their stay at hotels, which have received the tourism department's approval.
Tourists will either have to carry COVID-19 negative certificates to enter the state or will have to get tested at the border and undergo quarantine at a state-run facility till their 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 added.
However, the question remains if people will be willing to travel as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in across the country.
Palolem Beach South Goa, India
While interstate travel has been allowed, many are still wary of risking their lives by traveling to tourist places. Earlier, Goa was declared a 'Green Zone' after no cases were registered in the state, however, later new cases came up.