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Are you traveling to Kerala? RT-PCR testing, strict isolation, night lockdown and more security protocols for domestic passengers

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With the Kerala Health Department revising the Domestic Travel Policy, it is now mandatory for all domestic travelers to register on the e-Jagratha portal. (Image: Twitter / Kerala Tourism)

Planning a visit to Kerala? Known as traveller’s paradise, Kerala is one of the most popular travel destinations across the country after lockdown restrictions eased last year. With the current surge in COVID-19 cases, those traveling to Kerala need to be familiar with some of the key decisions that have been made to contain the surge in COVID-19 cases. As the state’s Department of Health is revising its domestic traveler guidelines, it is now mandatory for all domestic travelers to register on the e-Jagratha portal.

Domestic travelers must undergo RT-PCR testing 48 hours prior to arrival in the state or immediately upon arrival in the state. This is independent of the travelers’ vaccination status.

RT-PCR testing on arrival for domestic travelers to Kerala

Travelers who choose to have RT-PCR testing on arrival must maintain strict room isolation at their location until results are available.

If a traveller’s RT-PCR test result is positive, the patient must see a doctor immediately.

If the result is negative, the person must follow strict security protocols required by the state, such as: B. wearing a mask, maintaining hand hygiene, and social distancing. In the event of symptoms such as a cold, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, the person must consult a doctor immediately.

Travelers who do not undergo the RT-PCR test must remain in strict isolation for 14 days from the date of entry into the state.

There is a curfew in Kerala

It is important for domestic travelers to know that curfews are announced for two weeks from Tuesday from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. The guidelines make it clear that movie theaters and shopping centers must be closed until 7.30 p.m. The police will step up their controls in all facilities to ensure that the guidelines are strictly followed.

However, there are no restrictions on public transport.

The second wave of the coronavirus hits tourism in Kerala
Popular with world and domestic travelers during the summer and monsoon months, Kerala’s tourism sector is currently facing unprecedented challenges as the number of COVID-19 cases is soaring. The state’s travel guides and private stays are also grappling with the dire situation. Typically, Kerala tourism sees an increase in domestic travel during the summer vacation. This year it is unclear how travel trends will develop.

With this in mind, Kerala’s Director of Tourism has proposed a one-time grant to 251 of its Kerala Tourism-approved guides and 77 India Tourism-based guides in the state.

An online portal will be set up shortly to ensure a smooth implementation and avoid duplication of work. The details of the notification can already be found on the Kerala Tourism website.

All domestic travelers to the state are advised to follow security protocols upon arrival.

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