Representational image | Photo: Maneesh Chemanjery | Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: All tourist spots in Kerala except beaches will open from Monday.
Hill stations, adventure and black water tourism spots will welcome travellers from Monday. Beaches will open from November 1, said Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran.
“It has been decided to open tourist spots in Kerala in two stages by strictly maintaining COVID protocols. An order has been issued allowing tourists from inside and outside Kerala inside tourist spots subject to conditions,” the minister said.
The decision has been taken after considering the plight of people who depend on the tourism sector for the last six months, he added.
COVID protocol must be strictly followed while visiting the tourist spots. Tourists entering Kerala for short trips spanning less than 7 days do not need a coronavirus negative certificate. However, they must register in the Covid Jagrata Portal. If the tourists are not returning after 7 days, they must undergo coronavirus tests spending money from their own pockets.
Tourists wishing to spend over 7 days in the state must produce COVID negative certificate or undergo tests immediately after entering the state. Otherwise, they will have to remain in quarantine for 7 days.
Tourists showing symptoms of COVID-19 must not travel. Use of masks and sanitiser and maintaining social distance of two metres is mandatory. If the tourists develop Covid symptoms during their travel, they must contact DISHA helpline and seek the assistance of health workers.