COVID19 Test Not Required To Travel To Goa, All Entry Restrictions Removed

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Shikha Chaurasia

Pune, September 2, 2020: On Monday, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said that all restrictions on entering the city have been dropped. The tourists or anyone coming from outside will not be tested for COVID-19.

Sawant said that this decision is along the guidelines issued by the Centre. He also said that all the instructions that have come from the Union Ministry will be followed and there will be no need of COVID-19 tests, quarantines upon arrival and negative test results of COVID-19 infection.

Before this announcement, any person entering the state had to follow the COVID-19 guidelines. Getting tested for the virus and staying in institutional quarantine for some days was compulsory. If the test results came out positive, the person had to hospitalized or sent to a COVID-19 Care Centre (CCC).

For those who didn’t want to be tested at the borders, a negative COVID-19 test certificate from an ICMR approved laboratory was mandatory.

Over 100 youth had gathered on Saturday from Karwar to protest for the opening of borders from September 1. They protested near the state border at Polem, Canacona and threatened to cease all vehicles and transport of essential goods if the borders weren’t opened soon.