Guwahati: After nearly nine months of restrictions on the tourist entry in the state, Meghalaya government has determined to reopen tourism from out of doors the state starting December 21, 2020.
Chief minister Conrad K Sangma informed via Twitter. He wrote: “We are reopening #Tourism in #Meghalaya for tourists from out of doors the State from 21st Dec, 2020. To verify the safety of everyone, registration through the @meghtourism app is made mandatory & SOPs are put in place. The #HomeOfClouds looks forward to welcoming you @prahladspatel”
The tourism branch has subsequently issues a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for all tourists visiting the state.
The state government has also made it mandatory for the entire tourists to register on the Meghalaya Tourism App and generate an E-Invite for the proposed itinerary.
The rules for registration on the Meghalaya Tourism App are:
The Meghalaya Tourism app is to be had on both the Google Play store and the Apple store. Registration is will have to.A legitimate Photo ID card must be uploaded on the Meghalaya Tourism App including that of other members who are travelling in the group. Members travelling together can register and generate one E-invite.It is mandatory to book no less than two nights’ stay (Either Hotel/Home stay/guest House) for the first two nights and declaration of the total itinerary for the E-Invite to be generated.Whether the tourist is staying as a guest of any circle of relatives or friend in Meghalaya, then the tourist shall declare the full address and contact details of the circle of relatives or friend and the total itinerary for the E-Invite to be generated.The services and products of Registered Tour Operators listed on the Meghalaya Tourism website at the link https://www.meghalayatourism.in/plan-your-trip/tour-operators/ and the Meghalaya Tourism App, may also be used to obtain an E-Invite.The E-Invite with the QR Code should be produced to the officials at the Entry Points to the State by every tourist in conjunction with the Legal Photo IDs. The process of entry is contactless whereby the tourist can display the E-Invite with QR Code on the mobile phone or a print out of the E-Invite with QR Code. An original copy of the COVID Negative outline as per para 7 of this SOP must be also produced by the tourist at the Entry Point.It is mandatory for tourists to come with a COVID Negative RT-PCR/TruNat/CBNAAT outline which will be legitimate only whether they were tested inside 72 hours of their arrival at the entry point.The RAT Negative Test isn’t legitimate for Tourists who are entering the state.Provided the prevailing COVID-19 situation, it is advised that tourists having symptoms will have to not go back and forth. Such symptomatic individuals, even with a COVID Negative outline, will be mandatorily tested at the Entry Points as per the protocols of the Health and Circle of relatives Welfare Branch vide Health.No.94/2020/100 dated 27 October 2020 (Copy Enclosed at Annexure I)