Published on : Wednesday, July 22, 2020
The Jammu and Kashmir administration will throw open the union territory for tourists once again from tomorrow. However, it would be in a phased way. In the first phase, the tourism sector will be partially opened for external visitors from outside of Jammu and Kashmir, and would be limited for tourists by air only.
“All incoming tourists must have confirmed hotel bookings for the duration of their stay. All incoming tourists must have confirmed return air tickets to any place outside J&K, either to their departure point or any other destination,” said an official order. RT-PCR testing of all tourists at the airport on arrival is compulsory.
“Till the test result shows a negative result for COVID 19, a tourist will remain in the hotel where booking has been made and shall not be permitted to move out. A form to this effect shall have to be signed at the airport. Test results will normally arrive within 24 hours except in special circumstances. The hotel management shall be required to ensure compliance with this protocol,” the order said further.
Those who defy the order would be subject to penal action under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
The administration has advised tourists above 65 not to visit the union territory.
The tourism sector is the backbone of J-K’s economy, and is the worst hit due to the corona virus outbreak and countrywide lockdown in March. On July 8, the J&K government opened gardens and parks to the public after 100 days of closure.