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Post Lockdown Travel Scenario Q&A

Post lockdown travel scenario Q&A
Piyush Rawat
Written by Piyush Rawat

The human race is free spirited, it wants to explore, travel, run and fly but it doesn’t want to stop. This very innate nature in every human being has led to all the achievements and advancements of the modern world that we know of and experience each day. 2020 as a year was the start of a new decade, with new hopes and dreams for everyone and the travel community in India and around the world had big plans to travel and explore both on domestic turf and global as well, until the doomed virus caused a pandemic and put everything to a standstill. “Lockdown” became a new normal for everyone and we began to spend our days, weeks, and then months inside our home and with no respite.

After an arduous period of almost seven months, and lockdown restrictions easing up a bit in India, traveling has been revived again. During the start of the easing up of lockdown, no non-essential travel was allowed and there were strict restrictions in place all over the country. After various re-opening phases of both the economy and interstate travel, people can now think again of traveling to their favorite destinations, so it’s not all doom and gloom yet.

Over the period of a few weeks, we have received immense interest from people all over India and also from other parts of the world on our social media platforms and mail regarding travel in India and other countries. Along with many people’s interests, there were also a lot of people which were apprehensive and had lots of questions regarding safe travel amidst a pandemic.

So we are gonna answer all your burning questions and hope that we have helped you in planning out your perfect trip and bring a smile to your face.

Can we use public transport to travel to Himachal Pradesh?

As of now, you cannot take public transport to get to Himachal Pradesh. Your only option would be to either take your personal vehicle or rent one. The movement of interstate buses still remains suspended until further notice. However, according to some sources, the operation of interstate buses will begin after 1st October. There would be another cabinet meeting held during the last week of September or the first week of October to decide on the interstate movement of buses. The priority would be to run buses to Haridwar and Chandigarh when the interstate operations begin.

How will you ensure that the trip that I go on would be safe amidst a pandemic?

At Justwravel, our utmost priority is that you have safe travel and to ensure it, we have come up with our SOPs and guidelines that we and all our partners throughout the journey would follow, be it your guide, trip leader, hotel staff amongst others. You can read all about it here: https://www.justwravel.com/safe-guided-group-travel-post-covid-with-justwravel

Do we require covid negative certificate to travel to Himachal Pradesh?

The incoming tourists are no longer required to procure e-passes or covid negative certificates to make hotel or homestays bookings in advance.

Do I require COVID negative certificate in order to go to Uttarakhand?

No, you do not require to bring in a COVID negative certificate in order to travel to Uttarakhand but you do need to register yourselves on the smart city web portal of Uttarakhand, which is http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in prior to your travel.

Can we travel to Kasol, Himachal Pradesh? Is it safe?

Yes, it is completely safe to travel to Kasol, Himachal Pradesh and you don’t need to bring in any COVID negative certificate. There is no rule for the minimum number of days that you have to stay in your hotel/homestay.

Can I travel to Kedarnath temple?

Yes, you definitely can. All you need to do is register yourselves on the smart city web portal of Uttarakhand, which is http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in prior to your travel.

Any upcoming Rajasthan tour?

Yes, we have many trips planned out for you to travel in Rajasthan. You can join our Backpacking Trip to Rajasthan which is 7 days from Delhi-Delhi, and you don’t need a COVID-negative certificate as well.

Is there any requirement for me to quarantine when I travel to states like Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh or Rajasthan?

At the time of writing this blog, all prior requirements for a traveler or group of people to quarantine have been abolished, so you can travel worry free.

Can me and my group of friends travel to Spiti?

Sadly, no. The local administrative authority of Spiti Valley has decided against the entry of tourists after consulting with locals. They do not want their valley to be ravaged by the virus and hence this decision was taken. Parts of Spiti Valley still lack modern-day medical infrastructure. All the tourist activities have been called off until the end of the year.

Can I travel to Goa?

Yes, you definitely can. There are no requirements for quarantine and no COVID negative certificate requires as well. This is one of the best times to visit Goa for holidays, and you should definitely check out our Goa Tour Packages to finalize your perfect getaway to Goa.

Can I go for winter treks this season?

With the winter months rolling upon us soon, the time has never been better to go for winter treks. So yes, you should definitely be preparing for winter treks. Uttarakhand has some of the best winter treks that you can go for. Some of them are: Nag Tibba Trek, Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal, Brahmatal, Deoriatal Chandrashila and Har ki Dun to name a few.

Any option for private treks? 

Yes, we do have an option forPrivate Treks. These private treks can be done in different regions across the country. You can get in touch with us to know more about it and we will help you decide upon your perfect private trek.

 Is there any trek available in Himachal Pradesh which I can join?

We have got Prashar Lake Trek and Kareri Lake Trek in Himachal Pradesh which you can join this season. 

What are the upcoming trips that you are providing for Uttarakhand?

We have got Uttarakhand Backpacking Trip of 7 days from Delhi-Delhi which will take you across Rishikesh, Auli, and Kanatal. We also have winter treks in Uttarakhand if you are looking for more raw and rugged experience up close with nature. If you want, you can also opt for a customized trip to Uttarakhand and we will help you choose locations according to your need. 

Do you have any weekend getaways from Bangalore?

Yes, we do have weekend trips and getaways from Bangalore. You can check them out here https://www.justwravel.com/weekend-getaways/Bangalore-to-Bangalore

Is travelling in North East possible?

At the time of writing this blog, there haven’t been any developments in terms of traveling in the Northeastern states.We will be updating you regarding all the travel updates and scenarios of Northeast as soon as possible.

Can I travel to Dubai?

Yes, you can travel to Dubai. You need to quarantine for a day when you reach Dubai and need a COVID-negative certificate prior to your trip. You must research all the rules and regulations before you decide to travel to Dubai.

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