Delhi, Chhattisgarh Extend Lockdowns; West Bengal, Ladakh & Odisha Issue New Travel Guidelines

Several more Indian states and union territories have announced new travel advisories and guidelines as a precautionary measure against the surge in COVID cases in India.

Today’s major changes, at a glance:

  • West Bengal, Ladakh and Odisha issue new rules for incoming travellers
  • Delhi and Chhattisgarh extend lockdowns
  • Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Andhra Pradesh impose new curfews

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Keeping the ever-changing nature of these guidelines in mind, we advise passengers to get the latest information regarding state-wise rules, lockdowns, night curfews and more from our COVID-19 travel guidelines tracker.

Here are the details:

New travel guidelines for West Bengal, Ladakh and Odisha 

West Bengal: Starting today, the state has made a negative RT-PCR report (issued within 72 hours of swab collection) mandatory for all travellers coming from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana.

Ladakh: All arriving tourists must carry a negative RT-PCR report not older than 96 hours on arrival and those carrying fake reports will be deported from the union territory. Along with this, local passengers arriving at the Leh airport will have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing and stay in one-day quarantine till their test reports are out.

Odisha: Odisha has announced a mandatory 14 day institutional/paid quarantine for all travellers coming to the state from West Bengal by any mode of transport. The official order also states that any person who carries a certificate of completing two doses of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR report (issued within 48 hours of entering Odisha) may be allowed to home quarantine for 14 days.

Lockdown extension for Delhi and Chhattisgarh

The Delhi government has extended the lockdown in the national capital by one more week. The lockdown will now remain in place till 5 am on May 3, 2021. Inter-state, intra-state, air and train travel is allowed, and travellers can move to/from airports and railway stations along with a valid boarding pass or train ticket.

Chhattisgarh has extended lockdown in many districts including the state capital of Raipur till 6 am on May 5, 2021. Air and train travel continues to remain unaffected, and travellers can move to/from airport and railway stations along with a valid boarding pass or train ticket. However, interstate movement by road will require prior permission or an e-pass.

New curfew rules by Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Andhra Pradesh

Please note: Despite various curfew restrictions, air and rail travel in all destinations listed below remains unaffected and passengers can continue to travel to/from airports and railway stations as long as they have a valid boarding pass or train ticket.

Uttarakhand: A night curfew has been imposed between 7 pm and 5 am in all districts of the state. Along with this, starting 7 pm today, a ‘corona curfew’ will be observed in Dehradun district’s Rishikesh, Dehradun, Garhi Cantt and Clement Town’s municipal areas till 5 am on May 3. 

Popular tourist city Nainital will also be observing a curfew in Haldwani Municipal Corporation, Lalkuan Nagar Panchayat and Ramnagar areas of Nainital district between April 27 and May 3.

Himachal Pradesh: A night curfew has been imposed between 10 pm and 5 am in four districts of the state: Sirmaur, Solan, Una and Kangra. The hill state has also issued detailed guidelines regarding e-pass and quarantine rules in the state:

Haryana: Haryana has imposed Section 144, that prohibits the gathering of more than four people unless specifically permitted, in some districts, most notably Panchkula and Gurgaon. The new rules are in force along with the night curfew in the state between 10 pm and 5 am.

Chandigarh: The union territory will be observing a night curfew between 9 pm and 5 am.

Andhra Pradesh: A night curfew, between 10 pm and 5 am, has been imposed in the state.

Stay tuned with ixigo for the latest travel updates!

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