What are the rules for tourists wanting to visit Himachal?
Are these questions on your mind? You’re at the right place, we have simplified the guidelines for you, and have listed the important links. Read along.
India’s favourite mountain state, in the lap of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh has been in self-quarantine mode since March, like the rest of the world. It has reopened its borders for tourists though, starting from July 5th 2020.
Are you ready to feel the cool breeze of the Himalayas?
It’s not going to be so simple, is it? Here are the regulations you will have to follow to be able to allowed in the state. Here it goes:
Rule # 1 – You will need to have a Negative COVID-19 report from an authorized and ICMR recognized lab, issued within 72 hours96 hours of your date and time of travel. This is important, you will not be allowed to cross the border without this.
Rule # 2 – A confirmed hotel booking with minimum5 nights stay2 nights stay. You will have to book the hotel in advance and will have to show a valid confirmations or voucher from the hotel. This is going to be tricky, read more on the latest hotel updates below.
Rule # 3 – You will have to apply for a e-pass from the Himachal Pradesh Government website. The state tourism department has streamlined the issuance of Covid passes for movement to and from the state, and has made it hassle-free.
You will have input the following details in the online form:
Place or origin and your destinations in Himachal.
Purpose of visit – since you will select “Tourism” here, you will have to input the hotel booking details (name, address, booking dates, etc.) and you will also have to upload a copy of your negative Covid-19 report.
Vehicle details and details of accompanying passengers (if any).
You will also have to upload a copy of your address proof of your place of origin.
Lastly, you will need to have the Arogya Setu app downloaded on your phone.
Once you fulfill the above conditions, and get an e-pass after you satisfactorily upload the online firm, you will be ready to drive down towards the Himalayas.
All the documents will thoroughly be checked at the Himachal border, at Parwanoo if you are driving from Delhi or Chandigarh.
However, do look at the below hotel updates before zeroing down on your destination.
Most hotels in the state are not operating or are unprepared to receive tourists. There has been significant opposition from the local populations who’s fearing an infection spread in a state with less than appropriate medical facilities available to handle a major spread.
All hotels in Manali are still closed, the hotel association in Manali has not allowed any hotel to open. Same is the case in Kullu.
Most hotels in Shimla are still closed and the hotel association is trying to update hotels and their staff with the guidelines so they can start operating soon.
Hotel association in Kasauli and Chail have not decided on the matter yet.
Though the state is allowing you to enter, you might still struggle to find a confirmed hotel booking. It will be advisable to look at offbeat locations in the state and hotels as an accommodation option. Going for a homestay that is open might be a better bet.
Here are a few offbeat destinations you can read about: