Goa, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Goa has always been an ideal destination for honeymooners and couples. Goa attracts hordes of tourists, both domestic and foreigners. Tourism is said to be the backbone of Goa’s economy and contributes towards a major chunk of the economy. Bom Jesus Basilica, Fort Aguada, a wax museum on Indian culture and a heritage museum are some of the major attractions in Goa.
Goa has opened its doors for domestic visitors starting 2 July. The state tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has formally announced that travelers are now welcome, and hotels will be allowed to reopen, with strict hygiene protocol in place. The state has been shut for travelers since the nationwide lock down was imposed in March, to control the spread of the novel corona virus.
As Goa reopens its doors to tourists, here's what you need to know:
As on 3 July, there are at least 740 active corona virus patients in the state. On 2 July, when the state opened for domestic tourists, it also witnessed the biggest single-day rise with 95 people testing positive for COVID-19.
Testing Before visiting:
Tourists will have to carry COVID-19 negative certificates to enter the state.If they don't have one, they will have to undergo a test at the airport/or the road border and undergo institutional quarantine till the results arrive.
About Hotels Availability:
About 250 hotels are allowed to reopen. Only those hotels will be allowed to reopen, which have registered with the tourism department. Travelers will need a confirmed hotel booking before they arrive.
If a Tourist Tests Positive for Corona virus in Goa:
In this case, people will have to quarantine themselves in the state for at least 14 days and return only upon recovery.
The report also quotes the state tourism minister as saying that strict action would be taken against hotels and guest houses which are not registered with the tourism department but are offering stay facilities via app-based room aggregators.
Goa Tour Package list:
Airfare from major city to Goa Airport: