Sikkim relaxes entry norms for tourists

Sikkim government has relaxed entry norms for tourists in the state as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline.

The new guidelines stated that now tourists visiting the state will not be checked for COVID-19 vaccination and RT-PCR negative documents at the entry points.

“Those coming to the state now will not be stopped at Melli for entry to South and West Sikkim and same will be applicable for Rangpo, the entry point for East and North Sikkim,” a statement from the government said.

Home department principal secretary, R Telang issued an order stating that the hotels in the state will have to ensure that their guests are fully vaccinated or at least carry a RP-PCR negative report which will be valid 72 hours prior to their arrival in the hill state.

Sikkim on September 24 reported 62 new COVID-19 cases and one more death, according to a health department bulletin.

There were 651 active cases in the state, while 313 patients have migrated out and 29,851 persons recovered.

The state has so far reported 31,198 cases and 383 deaths.

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