There has been a lot of confusion around the COVID situation in North East India and how has the unlock situation on the ground is panning out. We have had many inquiries about the same over the past few weeks so, we thought we will write a detailed post about COVID 19 restrictions and travel guidelines in North East India.
How safe is it to travel to the North East post COVID lockdown?
Things on this front are different for every state of the region. After the COVID lockdown, while northeast tourism has resumed in the states of Meghalaya, Assam, Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh, the states of Mizoram, Manipur, and Nagaland are still not open for tourism.
Is Tawang open for tourists now? | Arunachal Tourism post COVID-19 Lockdown
Arunachal Pradesh tourism resumed in the month of October. The state is now accepting visitors from outside the state as per the SOP laid out by the govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. Also, for the time being, guests are only being allowed if they book their tour through a local tour operator from the region. The entire entry procedure into Arunachal Pradesh post-COVID revolves around having a COVID negative certificate that is not less than 72 hours old. Alternatively, you will be tested at the state entry point.
Is Kaziranga open for tourists now? | Assam Tourism post COVID-19 Lockdown
Assam tourism was the first to resume post the COVID lockdown, last month. All the National Parks of Assam and forest reserves etc. are open and are functioning normally. Tourism in Majuli islands too has resumed. For people from the North East Region, no COVID test is required while entering the state. But for people flying in from outside the region, a rapid test is conducted on the flight itself, before landing in Assam. If the test result is negative, one can proceed ahead with her/her journey otherwise home-quarantine is advised to them.
Is Meghalaya open for tourists now? | Meghalaya Tourism post COVID-19 Lockdown
Meghalaya has also resumed tourism with its own set of SOPs. The SOPs are pretty much on the lines of what Arunachal Pradesh tourism is doing. In order to enter the state, you will have to register online for a rapid test and then proceed with your journey on receiving a negative result. Alternatively, you can bring a covid negative certificate that is not more than 72 hours old and that should be enough for you to enter Meghalaya. All tourist spots are now open for tourism in Meghalaya.
Official word came in today from the Meghalaya government. As per the new order, tourism for people from outside the state of Meghalaya will officially resume from the 21st of December 2020. There is a detailed SOP for tourism in Meghalaya after the COVID pandemic. We will share the details here soon.
Now you can book your Meghalaya tour here if you have waited too long 🙂
Is Tripura open for tourists now? | Tripura Tourism post COVID-19 Lockdown
Tripura was one of the first states in the north east to open for tourism post the lockdown. The state is almost back to normal in terms of flights, trains & vehicles plying to and from the state.
Mizoram Tourism post COVID-19 Lockdown
Mizoram has not yet opened up for tourism post the covid 19 lockdowns. And it is expected that Mizoram tourism will only resume after December 2020. The state, for this year, has gone virtual and even conducted the anthurium festival online.
Is Manipur open for tourists now? | Manipur Tourism post COVID-19 Lockdown
Manipur tourism has not resumed as of now and the state is expected to slowly open only in December 2020. However, there is no official word around that yet.
Is Nagaland open for tourists now? | Nagaland Tourism post COVID-19 Lockdown
Nagaland tourism has not resumed as of now and the state is expected to slowly open only in December 2020. However, there is no official word around that yet. This year’s Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2020 too, is going to be a virtual event in all probability.
**This page will be updated regularly, as states change their restrictions. Last updated on 09-Dec-2020.