The second wave of novel coronavirus brought tourism to a halt across the country as the number of cases rose and states like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh closed their borders for tourists from April 2021.

Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh imposed strict lockdown as the second wave of coronavirus hit the country badly. Being the state that receives most of its revenue from the tourism sector, businesses in Himachal and Uttarakhand also faced many financial difficulties in the pendamic period.

And as after the number of cases is coming down in most states, under the nationwide immunization drive and unlock process, and in the summer vacations, tourists from Delhi and NCR can be seen again reaching to the hills.

While restrictions have been eased marginally in Himachal Pradesh but Uttarakhand is still subject to strict rules.

Guidelines for people travelling to Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh


According to the Uttarakhand government, there is a lockdown in the state till June 15. Only small shops and markets are open from 10 am to 5 pm. The state government has not yet allowed hotels, restaurants and resorts to reopen.

People arriving from other states will have to show their negative RT-PCR report. But people or residents from Garhwal to Kumaon and from Kumaon to Garhwal can travel without any COVID-19 certificate.

Himachal Pradesh

Guidelines that tourist travelling to Himachal Pradesh have to follow

1) Interested tourists of the state should get 72 hours old RT-PCR covid-19 report negative.

2) The report should be attached on the Himachal COVID Pass Portal along with other necessary documents for obtaining the e-pass to enter the state.

3) Negative report of covid-19 will also be sought from hotel staff.

4) Persons involved in essential services are exempted from bringing RT-PCR reports.

Some of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issues for Tourism Units, Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh have been:

1) Swimming pools, auditoriums and assembly halls will remain closed in hotels.

2) Before check-in, hoteliers, hoteliers or employees will check negative RT-PCR test report for covid-19 from ICMR approved laboratory for tourists coming from covid-19 high load states like Maharashtra. Has not been issued earlier than 72 hours. Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab.

3) All tourists will strictly follow the safety and hygiene guidelines issued from time to time by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Tourism etc. for the operation of tourism units.

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