City Palace and Lake Pichola in Udaipur. Photo: John Philip Harper
After a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Udaipur, the district administration has directed hotels, airport authorities and airlines to exercise caution when working with travellers from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.
Hotels in the City of Lakes now require a negative COVID-19 test result taken in the last 72 hours, to make a booking and check in. Travellers should check with their hotel about required procedure; for instance, test results can be emailed to the reservations team in advance or shown during check-in. CNT independently verified with The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, The Leela Palace Udaipur and The LaLit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur.
The state government had announced in late February that visitors from Maharashtra and Kerala would have to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) taken not more than 72 hours prior, to enter Rajasthan. On 5 March, this was made mandatory for travellers from Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh too. The new restrictions come after 29 people (the majority of whom were school students) tested positive in Udaipur’s Ambamata area.