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No COVID Tests Required for Tourists in Sikkim

  by NEWSNER , 2021-03-12 13:28:55


No COVID Tests Required for Tourists in Sikkim

People who wish to go to Sikkim won't need to undergo COVID-related tests. The mandatory negative RT-PCR report enforced by the West Bengal government for passengers travelling from Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Telangana on February 24 is going to be enough for the nonce.


The Sikkim home department on March 11 as a part of ‘measures for containment of COVID-19’ underwent ‘partial modification’ with ‘No further test requirement’ via a notification.


Days ago, the state health department’s declaration of the RT PCR testing from the aforementioned states, followed by talks of screening at the Siliguri entry point, created quite a stir within the tourism sector. Sikkim, which welcomes tourists in March and thereafter, till the monsoon season, had reported having undergone loss in business with the cancellation of travel packages for several travel agents and hoteliers.

 

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The tourism sector has breathed a sigh of relief at hearing the announcement. However, the notification asserts strict enforcement of the SOP by tourism stakeholders to be ensured by the state tourism department.


Furthermore, with the municipal elections due on March 31, the notification also highlights ‘Other SOPs’ about the organisation of rallies, ceremonies, public gatherings to be strictly enforced by district administrations with accountability lying within the hands of District Collectors and Superintendent of Police, informs the notification.


Elsewhere, schools and colleges also are ensuring partial openings since February, drawing on an equivalent concern, the Department of Education has also been notified of the strict enforcement of SOPs as per the union education ministry.


The guidelines are an addition to the previous notification issued by the State Home Department on January 29, 2021.

 

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