Planning to visit Kerala during pandemic? Covid test, quarantine rules, guidelines; you need to know

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New Delhi | January 06, 2021 2:23 PM

Travelling Kerala during Covid Pandemic: The Kerala state government has issued guidelines that stated that there will be no quarantine for domestic tourists who want to stay in the state for less than seven days.

Kerala tourismA 13-member high-level delegation led by Madhya Pradesh Tourism minister Usha Thakur will arrive here on January 12 and undertake a seven-day tour of various place (Representational Image - Kerala Tourism)

Covid pandemic did put barriers, shackles, and forced us to remain indoors. However, the situation is changing as more people are stepping out adopting new norms. Kerala has always been travelers’ delight due to its scenic beauty, ever enthralling greenery, pacifying backwaters, palatable cuisines, and hospitality. If you want to rejuvenate yourself, God’s Own Country is surely the destination you may choose.

However, since the Coronavirus has changed the world and our mobility, we need to keep certain essential things in our minds and plan accordingly. So, if you are planning for a holiday leisure trip to Kerala, you need to adhere to a few pivotal pointers due to the prevalent Covid-19 situation.

The Kerala state government has issued guidelines that stated that there will be no quarantine for domestic tourists who want to stay in the state for less than seven days. Domestic tourists must do registration on the “COVID Jagratha portal”.

If Domestic tourists are planning to stay for more than seven days, they need to submit a COVID-negative certificate. Domestic tourists need to undergo RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test for Covid-19 48 hours prior to arrival or upon arrival. The Covid-19 testing must be done at an ICMR or state government-approved laboratory.

However, if a tourist plans to extend staying in Kerala, he or she needs to undergo the Covid-19 test at his or her own cost on the seventh day at an ICMR or state government-approved laboratory. After that, the tourist will need to follow health guidelines. They will have to remain in paid quarantine till the Covid-19 results are declared.

If a tourist stays for more than seven days in Kerala but does not submit the Covid-19 test results prior to arrival, or did not undergo the Covid-19 test upon arrival, will be required to stay in quarantine for seven days. He or she will need to undergo the Covid-19 test on the seventh day. If he or she tests Covid-19 negative then there will be optional quarantine for seven days.

Tourists must avoid travelling if they have any symptoms. Tourists are required to carry sanitizers, face masks, do self-surveillance, and pre-book hotels. Tourists can contact DISHA 1056 if they have a fever, sore throat, cough, loss of smell or taste, diarrhea, and fatigue.

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