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Understanding Revenge Travelling : Are Indians doing it the right way?

Are you aware of Revenge Travelling? Understanding how revenge travel can make Corona crisis worst

People flocking towards hills after months of lockdown have coined a new term ‘Revenge Travel’. A term meant to set free from mundane lifestyle has now started stressing the government. Revenge travelling is the new way of getting break from COVID-19 restrictions. People often travel because they are fed- up with restrictions and lockdown. In last few months, we have seen many people escaping for a holiday. But is it the right time to do it?

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We have seen pictures and videos all over the internet where tourists are looking for rooms in popular hill stations like Shimla, Manali, Nainital, Mussoorie and other areas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand as soon as the government relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. In many pictures,  people were seen roaming without masks and mocking the concept of social-distancing.

The Union government also expressed their concern over tourist flocking hill stations as it can turn out to be an invitation to third wave even before the impact of second wave recedes.

At a media briefing, Luv Aggarwal, Joint secretary at Ministry of Health & Family Welfare highlighted the issue and coined the term ‘Revenge Travel’.

What is revenge travelling?

For the past 2 years, inter-state travel restrictions and curfews confined people to their homes which lead them towards ‘lockdown-fatigue’, another term coined by Dr Randeep Guleria, Director at AIIMS Delhi. Therefore, revenge travel provides an escape from this tedious lifestyle. The idea of revenge travel is not bad at all, but the way travellers are living up to the idea seems very dangerous.

Data from different trusted sources had shown a downward trend in the cases, but they are still higher when compared to the period after the peak of the first wave.

But this doesn’t conclude that you should lock yourself in. It just needs some smart planning and stringent accomplishments of COVID-19 protocols. So, here is a list of some places which are safe to travel.

Note: It’s mandatory to follow all the COVID-19 guidelines, irrespective of the fact that that particular area is COVID-19 free or not. We don’t intend to promote crowd gathering.

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List of places safe to travel

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands

This union territory has the least number of corona cases. But you should have some guidelines to follow for enjoying this beautiful destination.

  • Negative RT-PCR test report issued from ICMR approved labs within 48 hours of departure

  • Rapid Antigen Test on landing at the Port Blair Airport, mandatory for all passengers.

  • Mandatory 7-day home quarantine of all travellers even if they tested negative.

  • Passengers going to Shaheed Dweep, Swaraj Dweep, and little Andaman need to undergo 10-day mandatory home quarantine.

 Negligence of rules will lead to fine up to Rs 5,000 for each violation.

You can find more information at 

You can find more information at 

https://www.andamantourism.gov.in/

Ladakh

  • Mandatory negative RT-PCR report- shouldn’t be older than 96 hours

  •  If not carried, tourists will have to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival.

You can find more information at 

https://leh.nic.in/tourism/

     Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh)

Even though people had already stolen the idea of travelling to major tourist spots in Himachal, still chief minister Jai Ram Thakur welcomes tourists with open arms and COVID-19 norms.

You can find more information at 

 https://himachaltourism.gov.in/

Goa

  • Don’t shelve your dream destination plans. As per Bombay high court

  •  A fully vaccinated is free from producing COVID-19 negative report

  • Casinos, cinema halls, schools, colleges, weekly markets, shops continue to remain closed from 7 pm-7 am.

  •  State government extended curfew till July 19

  • Both doses of vaccine are necessary with a negative RT-PCR test for tourists to enter the beach.

You can find more information at

Department of Tourism, Government of Goa

   Valley of Flowers and Corbett, Uttarakhand

If you are also willing to visit the popular Valley of Flowers then you have to

∙      produce a negative RT-PCR report, not older than 72 hours of arrival.

∙      Travellers expected to strictly abide by all COVID-related protocols

∙      All these rules apply for visiting the Corbett as well.

For can find more information at

https://uttarakhandtourism.gov.in/document/type/advisory

 

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