Sikkim Imposes Restrictions on Travellers from 5 States

Sikkim Imposes Restrictions on Travellers from 5 States
Gurudongmar Lake is a prime attraction of North Sikkim , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

An increase in coronavirus cases, strict curfews, mandatory RT PCR tests... read on to know more about the new guidelines

OT Staff
March 04 , 2021
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Sikkim has been trying to bring the number of coronavirus cases down to a single-digit and to maintain such a streak, the government has imposed new restrictions for travellers from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and Karnataka.

Any person coming to Sikkim from these states has to carry a recent RT PCR negative (to be submitted within 72 hours of reaching Sikkim), a Rapid Antigen Test will not do.  

The decision has been taken due to the rise in mutant coronavirus cases. 

A report in the media platform East Mojo states that the Health Department will send officials to Siliguri in order to check individuals coming from these states. “When people reach Siliguri, it remains untapped as to where they are coming from. Hence, we will establish a mechanism for scrutiny of such people entering Sikkim. The same will be discussed with the Chief Secretary today,” said the Principal Secretary (Health) K Sreenavasansulu.

Similar restrictions will be prevalent at Sikkim’s Pakyong Airport, says the report. “We already have a medical team at Pakyong, but more importantly, SpiceJet Airlines has been taken into confidence to impose restrictions on individuals travelling to Sikkim without the RT PCR negative certificate. Those without the negative certificate will not be allowed to board the plane,” announced K Sreenavasansulu.


Sikkim appears going the Thailand way It is well known that over last four months Thailand has been dithering to present a viable tourism policy Sikkim also appears to be wavering into isolation While tourism is the mainstay of its economy, one wonders what type of mindset the policy planners have Call tourists to Sikkim and they will come in droves A traveller will not bring Corona to any destination It is only careless public at large that flouts the safety norms hence risking the society Conduct free RAT at entry points and let go the tourist from the binding of registration with tour operators in Sikkim Let there be competition not control Dear Sikkim, let the tourist enjoy and you'll see your economy boom
Raj Sudan March 08 , 2021

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