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Visiting Sikkim? Know requirements to enter the state

GANGTOK: Tourists and travellers visiting Sikkim without a valid negative RT-PCR certificate to be screened at entry check points and ensuring that such tourists or travellers are subjected to Rapid Antigen Test prior to entering the state.

“However, the increasing number of Covid cases suggests that hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and tourism service providers should take more stringent measures, such as monitoring tourists and travellers for symptoms and subjecting suspect cases to RT-PCR testing,” the order issued by the Sikkim government stated.

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If anyone is found to be positive and infected, they will be isolated and will not pose a threat to the community by spreading the infections.

Negative RT-PCR tests acquired within 72 hours of entry into M Sikkim are to be strictly checked at Hotels and various accommodation units before allowing tourists and travelers to stay on the premises.

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SOP and COVID Protocols directed by the State and by the Tourism Civil Aviation Department are to be strictly enforced, a statement said.

The Department has been directed to conduct surprise inspections and establishments and tourism service providers found violating government directives and COVID protocols will face severe penalties, including cancellation of registration if repeated violations occur.

‘All tourist stakeholder associations—presidents, secretaries, and office bearers—must strictly advise their member establishments to comply with government directives and take the responsibility of containing COVID infections seriously and with the utmost sincerity,” the statement added.

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