Kerala: 7-day mandatory quarantine no longer required for short visits; know it all here


Kerala: 7-day mandatory quarantine no longer required for short visits; know it all here

The Kerala state government has relaxed travel and quarantine rules for those visiting the state for short visits. In short, there will be no mandatory quarantine for those coming to Kerala for a short time. Referring to this, the Kerala government stated that those coming to the state can stay up to seven days, but will have to get entry passes via the state’s COVID-19 jagratha portal.

As per the order, those visiting the state for purposes, such as medical, court, business, official, court cases, property management, or regarding any purpose, will be allowed to stay in Kerala for seven days without mandatory quarantine.

Further, as per the order by Principal Secretary KR Jyothilal, since placing those coming in the state in institutional/home quarantine is not feasible, the state government has allowed them to visit the state for a period up to 7 days without mandatory quarantine. The order maintained that students, who are visiting the state for academic-related purposes or exams, can stay for a period of 3 days before the start of exam and 3 days after the exam is over.

The order comes after a lot of requests started pouring in from people of other states, planning to visit Kerala for a short visit for some abovementioned purpose. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan then indicated that the state will issue detailed SOPs for such people.

Here’s all that you need to know about the SOP for your short visits.

Kerala: 7-day mandatory quarantine no longer required for short visits; know it all here

  • You are expected to leave the state on the 8th day. As per the order, one can stay in the state without mandatory quarantine for 7 days.
  • One needs to register on the COVID-19 jagratha portal, and get their entry pass for a short visit.
  • You are expected to provide all the necessary details of your itinerary, along with the purpose of your visit, contact person, and local accommodation. If you intend to deviate from this during your visit, the same needs to be informed to the authorities with valid reasons.
  • Concerned District Collectors will approve your visit after verifying the details.
  • The company/firm/local contact persons/sponsor shall also be responsible for your short visit to the state.
  • You are expected to reach directly to the /hotel/place of stay, without halting at any places in between the place of arrival and place of stay.
  • You should not visit any place or meet any person other than the purpose for which you got the permission. You should refrain from visiting any hospital or public places.
  • You need to refrain from coming in contact with the elderly (above 60) people and children below 10 years.
  • Students who are visiting the state for exams or other academic purposes will not leave for any purpose other than the approved one.
  • You are expected to follow all precautions and advisories related to COVID-19 during your stay in Kerala.
  • While travelling, you should carry an extra face mask and hand sanitizer.
  • For food, you should opt for room service or online food delivery facility.
  • You should not extend your stay there without obtaining prior permission from concerned authorities.
  • Contact DISHA helpline 1056, if you develop any symptoms (sore throat, fever, diarrhoea, cough, breathlessness) even if mild.
  • If one tests positive within 14 days after return from the state, he/she needs to inform the control room at once.
  • If one fails to follow any of these conditions, he/she needs to undergo 14 days institutional or paid quarantine.

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