As of today, Goa has removed travel restrictions that required visitors to bring a COVID-19 negative certificate or get tested on arrival and stay in quarantine till the test results came.
Following the Unlock 4.0 instructions issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) the state has announced that all restrictions on the entry of domestic travellers in Goa have been dropped.
In a statement, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that all instructions issued by the MHA will be followed and that according to these, there will be no restriction on interstate movement, no COVID tests, no home isolation and no need for a COVID-negative certificate.
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Goa Airport confirmed the news in a tweet this morning:
As per the announcements by the Govt of Goa restrictions on interstate travel have been removed in line with guidelines of Govt of India. No more requirements of covid19 -ve report and no more test requirements for Domestic traveller’s @AAI_Official @MoCA_GoI @aairedwr @goacm pic.twitter.com/2hBnl9Tasi
— Goa Airport (@aaigoaairport) September 1, 2020
Till Monday, any person entering the state — except drivers of goods vehicles — had to get a COVID-19 test as well as stay in a quarantine centre till the results. For those who didn’t wish to get tested at the border, a COVID-negative certificate issued within 2 days of arrival was required.
The travel restrictions for various states are subject to frequent changes. You can check the latest travel restrictions and guidelines right here.
Goa has also allowed bars and restaurants to open in the state provided they follow all social distancing measures and precautions. However, this does not include beach-side shacks at the moment.