With Christmas and New Year around the corner, Meghalaya state has decided to open its doors to visitors as usual, albeit in a more structured manner owing to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation. The chief minister Conrad K Sangma announced about the reopening of tourism for visitors from outside the state from December 21. However, registration and abiding with the prescribed health protocols is an absolute must, the CM tweeted.
“To ensure the safety of everyone, registration has been mandatory through the meghtourism app,” he said. The mobile application available on Google Play store must be downloaded and people who wish to travel has to register or a registered tour operator can assist visitors in completing the formalities, including a mandatory upload of photo ID. According to the standard operation procedures (SOPs) put forth by the Meghalaya Tourism, visitors should provide a complete itinerary of their proposed visit and share details of confirmed bookings in hotels, guest houses, home stays for at least the first two nights.
Those staying with families or friends must share their host/s’ full address and contact details and a complete itinerary is compulsory to generate the e-invite. After the e-invitation, the same should be presented at the entry point along with a Covid-19 negative certificate. The state tourism department has also opened a communication channel for interested visitors who can address their queries and doubts through WhatsApp number 8132011037 from 10am to 8pm on all working days, said the tourism department.