State-wise COVID restrictions
It is that time of the year to execute the travel plans we have been fantasizing about. It is time to use all the saved leaves for a long escapade. Especially for a trekker, this is the peak time to breath in those mesmerizing mountain locations.
We always dream of playing in the snow, Himalayan treks make us live that dream. With so much of Himalayan access through five hilly states, it is overwhelming to choose one trek.
If you are wondering about travel restrictions to these States before planning a Himalayan trip, then we have put it all at one place for you. All the States were open to travelling since October. There have been regular updates in the government rules and regulations, here are the latest updates as of 20th December 2020.
This newly formed Union Territory has always been welcoming to its admirers. Same has happened in the pandemic with 2-3 mandatory steps.
1. Before you come to Leh you need RTPCR report 72 hours before you arrive in Leh.
2. You also need a pass, which you can apply for here: http://covid.ladakh.gov.in/
From Leh we have Chadar trek open now and rest of the treks will open in July. Register for Chadar here:
Uttarakhand was the first State to reopen treks. Since then it has been accommodating trekkers and travellers with safety. As of now, no COVID negative test is required.
Travel e-pass is compulsory which you can apply here: https://dsclservices.org.in/apply.php
We have many winter treks running now. You can find all their details here: https://www.trekthehimalayas.com/winter-treks/
On 4th December, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur ruled out making the Covid test mandatory for anyone entering the state from outside, as suggested by the HP High Court in its order. Credits: TribuneIndia.
No RTPCR report is needed nor e-pass is required
Sikkim was the last state to reopen travel activities. Yet, now it has adapted to the demanding economy needs and therefore has no travel restrictions.
Although their website states nothing is mandatory they recommend carrying a travel card and RTPCR report. As stated on their website. You can apply for a travel card here: https://sikkimtourism.gov.in/Public/Index/MandatoryTourist
From Sikkim we have Goechala trek which will open from March 2021. Register for Goechala here:
Just like other states travelling to West Bengal and Kolkata is now completely open. From West Bengal we have Winter Sandakphu trek open now. Register for Sandakphu here: