The state of Sikkim seems like it is peacefully placed away in the northeastern part of India. It is one of the most beautiful states in India and rightfully so, with its peaceful surroundings, lush green forests and acres of clean and green landscapes and to top it off, the surreal Himalayan ranges cradling the state.
After the removal of the nationwide lockdown in India and state, there has been a steady influx of tourists in this little northeastern state. Sikkim has coped up well with the number of coronavirus cases and aims to bring it down to a single digit.
In order to achieve this, the state of Sikkim has imposed restriction on new travellers from the state of Kerala, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
Anyone who is travelling to Sikkim from the states mentioned above has to carry a recent negative RT PCR certificate, and it needs to be submitted within 72 hours of reaching Sikkim. Travellers need to keep in mind that a rapid antigen test would not work.
This decision comes right after nationwide increase in mutant coronavirus cases.
Sikkim’s health department will send officials to Siliguri in order to check individuals coming from these states. The Principal Secretary of health K Sreenavasansulu said that “When people reach Siliguri, it remains untapped as to where they are coming from. Hence, we will establish a mechanism for scrutiny of such people entering Sikkim”
According to reports similar restrictions will be prevalent at Sikkim’s Pakyong Airport. “We already have a medical team at Pakyong, but more importantly, SpiceJet Airlines has been taken into confidence to impose restrictions on individuals travelling to Sikkim without the RT PCR negative certificate. Those without the negative certificate will not be allowed to board the plane,” added K Sreenavasansulu.
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