In an attempt to revive the tourism sector, Arunachal Pradesh is gearing up to re-open after being closed for about six-months due to the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the livelihood of thousands of people and dented the state’s revenue. The State Govt is leaving no stone unturned to promote its Tourism since it’s the most adversely hit sector. It has allowed the resumption of issuing tourist Inner Line Permits (ILP) for pre-booked/packaged tours through state tour operators.
The Inner Line Permit is an official travel document issued by the state governments to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected area for a limited period. For Indian citizens from outside those states, it is obligatory to obtain a permit for entering into the protected state. The issuing of the ILPs for visiting Arunachal starts today (15 October).
Keeping in view of the current situations the Tourism Department has issued a series of Guidelines that has to be followed by Tourists visiting the State. The guidelines says that the visitors will have to go through two COVID-19 tests. RT-PCR or TrueNAT test 3-5 days before the start of the tour and Rapid Antigen test on arrival at the entry point of the state. All places of stay for tourists should be preferably at accommodation outside the main town areas or any populated areas. Any tourists with an abnormal temperature and/or flu like symptoms will not be allowed to enter the state but will be moved to a COVID Care Centre or isolation room for further action. Individuals above the age of 65 or with comorbidities and pregnant women & children below the age of 10 yrs will not be permitted to enter the state as tourists. The use of the Aarogya Setu app will be mandatory.