Only 8 Indian states are taking travellers without tests or quarantines | Condé Nast Traveller India

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The recent spike in COVID-19 cases has prompted several states across India to tighten travel restrictions. This can be a bit of a downer if you were finally ready to travel again. But there are still a bunch of destinations in India that have no restrictions for domestic travellers. Apart from thermal screenings and registration on the Aarogya Setu app, these 8 Indian states have no restrictions for domestic travellers: 

  • Bihar
  • Goa
  • Haryana
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Jharkhand
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Telangana
  • Chattisgarh

Some of these states require you to register on the state’s official website or app before commencing your journey. Here’s a handy list: 

  • Andhra Pradesh: Spandana app 
  • Chandigarh: COVA Punjab app
  • Punjab: COVA Punjab app

Uttarakhand and Manipur too have no restrictions for travellers from most parts of the county. But if you’re travelling from Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat or Chattisgarh, you will have to take a (free) COVID test on arrival. If you are clean, you can continue. But if your results are positive, necessary covid protocol will kick in, which could include quarantines. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, these states will ask you to quarantine on arrival, depending on where you are coming from, what you are visiting for and how long you plan to stay. 

Do note that the situation is dynamic and it’s best to check on the latest rules with the official sources before you travel. You can also tally with airlines like IndiGo and travel operators like Ixigo, who are tracking these travel advisories. 

Updated: March 16, 2021 — 3:30 am

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