After a boom of COVID cases during Kumbh, Uttarakhand authority swept in action. Stern rules have been announced with affect from 12th July, 2021. Here are the travel restrictions in Uttarakhand for everyone, including the residents of this state.
Travelling within Uttarakhand
It won’t be easy for residents to make quick escapades to nearby places like Mussorie, Haridwar or Sahastradhara. The latest circular from the authorities under clause 17E and others state the following travel restrictions in Uttarakhand-
- Uttarakhand residents travelling from Garhwal to Kumaon region and Kumaon to Garhwal-Uttar Pradesh border would not need RT PCR (COVID negative report). However, it is compulsory to register on https://dsclservices.org.in/apply.php in the Dehradun Smart City Portal.
- Residents of these districts (Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal, Nanitital and Udham Singh Nagar) travelling to the hilly regions of Uttarakhand need a compulsory RT PCR report, not later than 72 hours prior of travelling. The certificate will be checked and rule strictly followed at the state border. This means COVID negative test is compulsory even for locals in order to reach destinations like Kedartal, Valley of Flowers, Rupin Pass, Kedarkantha and more.
- As a measure to curb COVID 19 outspread, two wheelers entry in Mussorie has been prohibited until further notice. Other vehicles can enter Mussorie only upon producing COVID negative certificate, registration in smart city Dehradun portal and hotel booking proof.
- Bathing or holy dip in water bodies are a big no-no. No body would be allowed to get into the waters of Sahastradhara, Mussorie, Robbers Cave, Rishikesh etc.
Travelling to Uttarakhand (from other states)
- Officers, employees of the Armed forces and their family members do not need a compulsory RT PCR test but it is mandatory to register on http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in
- Only 4 people are allowed in private or authorized vehicles to travel to Haridwar for asthi visarjan of deceased kin. Also COVID negative test report not later than 72 hours prior to traveling and registration on smart city Dehradun portal are compulsory.
- Inter state public transport are allowed to operate with 100% occupancy though it is subject to SOPs issued by State Transport department. Those travelling via train, bus, plane, taxi or private vehicle have to register on smart city e-pass web portal and carry a Covid Negative Test report, done not older than 72 hours.
What’s not open/allowed in Uttarakhand
- COVID curfew continues till 20th July.
- No gyms will be operational.
- Tobacco consumption and spitting in public places have been prohibited. Disobedience of this rule will draw penalty.
- All theatres, theme parks, movie halls, auditoriums, swimming pools will remain closed until further notice.
- Keeping the safety of citizens in mind Amid the deadly third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, Kanwar Yatra has been suspended.
What’s partially allowed
- Hotels, restaurants or eateries can operate with 50% dining capacity. Authorities encourage home delivery or takeaways. Food brands are can use vehicles for customer doorstep delivery.
- Hotels and restaurants in urban regions will remain closed between 10pm and 6am.
- Conference rooms in hotels can hold meetings/events with 50% capacity.
- All shops (grocery, flower shops, dairies and sweet shops) and malls have been permitted to operate between 8 am and 7 pm.
- Rajaji National Park and Jim Corbett Park are open with COVID appropriate norms.
Travel restrictions in Uttarakhand continue to be in place as the Government is trying its best to avert the COVID outspread. Though the state is welcoming tourists, one still has to adhere to COVID norms. Hope this information helps you plan your visit to Devbhoomi Uttarakhand.