Tourism sector has been one of the major sectors badly hit during this pandemic Credit: File Image

Shillong: Meghalaya will finally open for tourists from all parts of the country starting December 21.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma made the announcement late Monday evening on Twitter. If you’re making plans to spend Christmas in Meghalaya and explore the state amid the coronavirus pandemic, here are the important things you need to know.

Tourists planning to visit Meghalaya will have to download and register on the Meghalaya Tourism App. They should also generate an E-invite for the proposed itinerary. The app is available both on Google play store and Apple Store. The E-invite can also be generated on the website of Meghalaya Tourism.

A valid photo ID card must be uploaded on the Meghalaya Tourism App. Members travelling together can register and generate one E-invite.

It is mandatory to book at least two nights stay (Either hotel/homestay/guest house) for the first two nights and declaration of the complete itinerary for the E-invite to be generated.

If the tourist is staying as a guest of a family or friend in Meghalaya, then they must declare the full address and contact details of the family or friend and the complete itinerary for the E-invite to be generated.

The services of registered tour operators listed on the Meghalaya Tourism website at this link and the Meghalaya Tourism App can also be used to obtain an E-invite.

The E-invite with the QR Code should be produced in front of the officials at the entry points by tourists along with the valid photo IDs. The process of entry is contactless, whereby the tourist can display the E-invite with the QR Code on the mobile phone or a print out of the E-invite with the QR Code.

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Mandatory COVID Negative Report:

Tourists must come with a COVID Negative RT-PCR/TruNat/CBNAAT report which will be valid only if they were tested within 72 hours of their arrival at the entry point.

The RAT Negative Test is not valid for tourists entering the state.

The state government has also advised that tourists having symptoms should not travel. Such symptomatic individuals, even with a COVID negative report, will be tested at the Entry Points as per the protocols of the Health and Family Welfare Department.

For any queries, one can send a message via WhatsApp, or text message to 8132011037 between 10 am-8 pm.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, tourism has taken a backseat, with all tourist spots closed down. This has led to major revenue crisis not only to the state but also to entrepreneurs and business people in the tourism sector.

What remains to be seen is with the initiative, and strict protocols arranged by the state government will tourism once again pick up?

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