Both vaccine doses & negative RT-PCR reports must for tourists visiting Goa after 'unlock'

Both vaccine doses & negative RT-PCR reports must for tourists visiting Goa after 'unlock'

Tourism will be revived in the coastal state only after July 30, when 100% of its population stands inoculated with the first jabs.

With dropping infection tallies in Goa, the state is moving ahead with unlocking interventions but the revival of tourism remains to be a point of concern. As per reports, the Chief Minister informed that tourism will be revived in the coastal state only after July 30, when 100% of its population stands inoculated with the first jabs. Further, reports state that only fully vaccinated individuals with an RT-PCR negative report will be allowed for tourism activities in the state.

State stands clamped under curfew restraints till June 28

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Reportedly, the Goa Ports Minister affirmed on Thursday, that the tourists will be permitted after sufficient screening. He added the administration is waiting for the cases to go down to zero. Besides, the government is cautious about the third wave and its current decisions may be altered by the upcoming uncertainties. Currently, the curfew restrictions are being observed across the state till June 28 but the industrial activities have restarted.

As per reports, the Ports Minister acquainted that the checks on tourists will be functional for three months after the revival. If a tourist wishes to enter Goa, he/she must have received both doses of the vaccine. Additionally, it would be mandatory to carry a COVID negative RT-PCR report.

Revival of tourism crucial for the state economy

Being the most crucial part of the economy, the tourism industry drives the finances for the state. Given the disturbances that have stretched for more than a year, the state economy has to bear detrimental effects. Now, the government is planning to chalk out a middle path, laying equal emphasis on the safety of the citizens and strengthening the territorial economy.

Notably, the state has ramped up screening at the borders shared with Maharashtra's Sindhudurg district and private labs have also been asked to set up facilities. These measures are being deployed to prevent the entry of the Delta Plus variant detected in Maharashtra. 229 new infections and 258 recoveries were marked in Goa on Thursday and the state has 2,727 active patients now.

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