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. Yes, you can visit Ladakh as a tourist 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. The aforementioned statement is still true. The local tourism authority has still not decided on the discourse for tourists, but the fat remains that interstate movement is allowed, and the UT is following the same accord. Which means that you can fly-in to Ladakh, but it is recommended that you have a negative Covid report issued within 48 hours of the date of travel.
So here are the possible scenarios:
You have a negative Covid test report – you will be allowed to checkout of the airport, and stay at any hotels that’s open.
You don’t have a negative report – you will have to compulsorily go into an institutional Covid facility for a week, where your test will be done and you will have stay there for a week. Once you test report is negative after a week, you will be allowed to go around.
Either way, as a tourist, you will not be issued an inner line permit to visit Nubra or Pangong. You can stay in Leh though, and visit places around the city, also Shaam valley and Kargil.
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. As listed in the updated norms above.
Taking the road from Manali of Srinagar is full off hassles, as you will have to fulfil the regulations to enter Himachal or Kashmir, then figure out a way to enter Ladakh. Note that get a test done in Himachal or Kashmir and getting a report in 48 hours is a difficult task. Without which you will not be able to enter Ladakh.
So, taking the flight is the only possible and practical scenario you can look at.
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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