Kohima, December 23 (NEx): The government of Nagaland after nine (9) months has re-opened for tourism and also permitted the issue of Inner Line Permit for domestic tourists with date of entry from December 27, 2020 onwards.
The tourism department in the state yesterday, notified for reopening of tourism from December 27, 2020 onwards, with adequate health safeguards and SOPs in place, following the decision of the High Powered Committee on December 18th, 2020.
For the first phase of reopening, tourism department said that it will be open only for domestic tourists, and there will be only one point of entry from Dimapur by rail/road/air.
The department also advised persons above the age of 65, persons with co-morbities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years to avoid travelling in view of the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Also, persons who has symptoms of COVID-19 are advised not to travel.
It also instructed that every tourist should possess a negative report of COVID-19 test done, 3 days prior to arrival in Nagaland through RT-PCR/TureNat/CBNAAT only. All cost to be borne by the tourist.
The tourists should also register on http://www.tourism.nagaland.gov.in or Nagaland Tourism Official App by e-invite and upload the documents- ILP, COVID-19 negative test report and personal details/ tour itinerary. They should also install and register in Aarogya Setu App, the tourism dept. said.
The department also cautioned that any violation of the SOPs may lead to penal action as per relevant section of the Disaster Management Act 2005 and the Nagaland epidemic disease (COVID-19) regulation 2020.
Meanwhile, the OM from Home department, Principal Secretary, Abhijit Sinha on December 22, said ILP will be issued online for now, through the portal http://www.ilp.nagaland.gov.in subject to ILP regulations in Nagaland for online ILP of tourists by competent authorities with immediate effect till further orders.
The state government imposed a blanket ban on all tourists, both international/domestic, visiting the state from March 18, 2020 in view of the COVID-19 outbreak.