Shillong( Meghalaya), Dec 8 : The state government has decided to allow entry of tourists from outside the state starting Dec 21 .
CMO in a statement said ,COVID19 has brought the entire #tourism industry to a standstill. But while you wait, we were prepping #Meghalaya to ensure you experience the best it can offer while also ensuring your safety. We are happy to announce that Tourism in #Meghalaya for tourists from outside the State will reopen from 21st December, 2020.
State Chief Minister , Conrad Sangma tweeted , “We are reopening #Tourism in #Meghalaya for tourists from outside the State from 21st Dec, 2020. To ensure the safety of everyone, registration through the Meghalaya Tourism app is made mandatory & SOPs are put in place
The #HomeOfClouds looks forward to welcoming you”.
The SOPs are:
1. It is mandatory for all the tourists to register on the Meghalaya Tourism App and generate e-invite for the proposed itinerary. The app can be downloaded from: For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xlayer.meg.gov.tourism For iOS: https://apps.apple.com/in/app/meghalaya-tourism/id1524458250
2. One can also download the e-invite on Meghalaya Tourism website.
3. A valid Photo ID would be required to be uploaded on the Meghalaya Tourism App, also including the other members travelling together.
4. It is compulsory to book at least two-night stay for the first two nights and declaration of the complete itinerary for the e-invite to be generated.
5. If the tourists are staying at a friend or family’s place, the complete address and full details of the friend or family should be given.
6. The services of Registered Tour Operators listed on the Meghalaya Tourism website at the link https://www.meghalayatourism.in/plan-your-trip/tour-operators/ and on the Meghalaya Tourism App, can also be used to obtain an e-invite.
7. The e-invite with the QR Code will have to be produced to the officials at the entry points to the state by each tourist along with the Valid Photo IDs.
8. An original copy of the COVID Negative report has to be also produced by the tourist at the Entry Point. All the tourists entering the state needs to produce a COVID Negative RT-PCR/TruNat/CBNAAT report which will be valid only if they were tested within 72 hours of their arrival at the entry point. However, the RAT Negative Test is not valid for Tourists who are entering the state.
The first move taken by the state to reopen tourist destination was in Sept this year . The government had announced the reopening of Wards Lake, Elephant Falls and Lum Nehru Park for local tourists only by maintaining Covid protocols .