What are the regulations for tourists wanting to visit Ladakh?
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.
Let’s begin with a very precise answer to the above questions – NO, tourists are not allowed and welcome to enter Ladakh, as of now.
The union territory of Ladakh district administration has not issued any advisory for tourists as they are not expecting any. The local tourism authority is also undecided on the matter as the Covid-19 cases have increased in the region in the last couple of months due to the return of many Ladakhis from other states.
However, there is some ray of hope that you might be able to travel to Ladakh before the end of this season. The tourist authorities are considering opening Ladakh for tourists, maybe after August 15th 2020. Keep checking here for the latest updates.
The roads to Ladakh are open now and the flights are also operating between Delhi and Leh. So what happens if you take the road to Leh, or catch flight to Leh, right now.
No one can stop you from buying a flight ticket to Leh, so if you book one and fly-in to Leh, you will be considered a tourist.
You will not get the necessary permits to cross the state borders in via Kashmir or Himachal, unless you’re a local.
What happens if you reach Leh by flight, or manage to enter by road?
You will be immediately sent to an intuitional quarantine facility and kept there for a week. You will be tested for Covid-19. You will have to mandatorily remain in quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. You can leave the quarantine facility only after 14 days.
Even if you complete the 14 days quarantine, once you come out, you will be restricted to stay in Leh or the surrounding areas, as no permits are being issued to visit Nubra, Pangong Tso, Tsomoriri, Kargil or Zanskar.
So the 14 days institutional quarantine and the local travel restrictions do not make it worth making the effort.
We are keeping a close watch on the ground, and will post the latest update here. And it looks like that there will be an update for tourists very soon. So keep checking this space.
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