Rajasthan Travel has changed drastically after the pandemic, it’s a bellwether of trends giving us serious goals and to-dos for our bucket lists. Search queries for destination weddings and holiday bookings have surged but it is primarily for drive-to locations where affordable yet premium villas and boutique hotels are booked for staycations. Working professionals prefer the workation-life, a holiday where work and fun go hand in hand. Some find joy in ‘glamping,’ where the rough parts of jungle camping are skipped for leisure and swoon-worthy views via luxury tents or homestays.
Rajasthan’s rich folklore and crafts unearthed in its city palaces, temples, forts and villages amongst a vibrant landscape of deserts, lakes, jungles and hills are what keeps the fervent traveller coming back for more. Touring Rajasthan is most convenient due to connectivity via national highways. Multiple suburban towns thrive along these highways if you choose to steer clear of bustling city streets. A great example is a serene hamlet Ranakpur, just off the state highway 32, where you can visit the glorious Ranakpur Jain Temple, the lush green Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and the exciting Jawai Safari while maintaining social distance. Saying goodbye to globetrotting has been hard but Mana Hotels in Ranakpur make it worth your while. Their entire staff is vaccinated and ensures ‘Enhanced Cleaning’ measures at all times. Each guest is welcomed with folded hands and the sweet, ‘Padharo Mhare Des.’
Latest Covid 19 Rajasthan Travel Guidelines:
- For passengers inoculated with 1 or 2 shots of vaccine, no -ve RT PCR test is required for entry into the state. However, they must carry a copy of their vaccination certificate for checking as may be required
- RT PCR -ve test report for passengers who have not received even a single dose of the vaccine is mandatory. The report must not be older than 72 hours
- There is no requirement of E Pass for entry into Rajasthan
- There is daily night curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
- For other details please visit: https://covidinfo.rajasthan.gov.in/guidlines-for-lockdown.aspx
Guidelines from MoHFW issued on 17th September 2021 effective from 20th September 2021:
- Wedding programs will be allowed for upto 200 persons. Precautions to be taken while carrying out such programs will be as per previous guidelines.
- Social programs will be allowed for upto 200 persons. Precautions to be taken while carrying out such programs will be as per previous guidelines. Such events will be allowed between 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. only and all persons participating in such programs must be vaccinated with atleast 1 dose of the Covid 19 vaccine.
- Swimming pool operation and use will be permitted. However, only those persons will be allowed to use the pool who have had atleast the 1st dose of the Covid 19 Vaccine
For additional details, please visit https://covidinfo.rajasthan.gov.in/guidlines-for-lockdown.aspx
Guidelines from MoHFW issued on 25th August 2021:
- There shall be no restrictions on inter-State travel by air, rail, water, or road.
- In case RT-PCR or RAT tests are required prior to entry in a State, as notified by the State govt, the same must be publicized widely to maximize traveller convenience.
- Asymptomatic persons who have been vaccinated with both doses of the COVID 19 vaccine and 15 days have lapsed since the administration of second dose of the vaccine and are in possession of the final vaccination certificate issued through the COWIN portal, such persons may be exempted from mandatory requirement of possessing a negative RTPCR report or RAT test on their entry into the State.
- Passengers who are found symptomatic on arrival shall be subjected to Rapid Antigen Test at the Terminal to aid early identification.
- In the event of unusual surge in cases in any State/UT, the States/UTs may institute appropriate public health measures promptly.
- States may implement additional restrictions, based on local requirements.
For the detailed guidlines, please visit the following link:
Timeline of Rajasthan travel restrictions 2021:
On 21st March:
- There was an increase in positive cases hence the Rajasthan Government decided to impose a night curfew in 8 cities. A negative RT-PCR report (not older than 72hrs) was mandatory for those travelling into the state. Ajmer, Bhilwara, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur, Sagwada, and Kushalgarh were under strict lockdown from 11 pm to 5 am. All markets in these urban and suburban bodies would close by 10 pm.
On 4th April:
- Multiplexes, gymnasiums, and swimming pools were closed. Schools for classes 1 to 9 were shut for two weeks. The maximum number of people at a social gathering was reduced to 100. Home delivery of food was allowed but dining in restaurants and hotels was prohibited during amended curfew hours of 8 pm to 6 am. Inter-state travel was advised as only to be undertaken if necessary.
The restrictions under the curfew called ‘Public Discipline Fortnight’ came into force on April 19 and were effective till May 3. Micro-containment of Covid-afflicted households; responsible Covid-appropriate behaviour; stepped-up vaccination and measures to reduce crowding, such as reducing the hours for which shops stay open and running extra buses was introduced. All congregations and rallies were advised to cease and disband.
On 19th April:
- Under the Public Discipline Fortnight, new rules of closure of offices and markets till May 3rd were enforced. Only shops and offices providing essential services would be allowed to operate. The sale of fruits and vegetables was allowed only till 7 pm. The negative RT-PCR test report for those entering Rajasthan would stay mandatory. Vendors were allowed to distribute newspapers from 4 am to 8 am. Educational and coaching institutes too would be shut till April 30th.
- Weddings, functions, and other social gatherings of up to 50 persons were allowed. And only 20 persons were allowed to attend funerals in the state.
- Cinema halls, multiplexes, and amusement parks stay closed.
Rajasthan saw strict lockdown in 2021 from 10th May till the 24th. Only essential services were allowed during this period. These were the changes made at the beginning of the summer lockdown for enhanced safety of the citizens:
- Intra-state travel between districts, cities, and villages was prohibited.
- For people, coming from different states, a negative RT-PCR report was made mandatory. Anyone who failed to do so had to go in for a quarantine of 15 days.
- Social events like marriages were allowed only after May 31st with a rider that they are small-scale with “not more than 11 attendants.”
- Court Marriages were allowed, after registering online for them.
- Special transport buses would be allowed for medical staff, construction, and factory workers.
- Religious places and markets were closed, to help curtail crowd gatherings.
- Separate guidelines would be announced for those attending to care of Covid patients in hospitals.
- Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act also known as MGNREGA, all of its rural development work was stopped. Due to the fast rise in cases seen among the working laborers of the countryside.
Lockdown was never a magic pill. Like the first year of the pandemic, the news of a lockdown had triggered migrant workers’ displacement. When the working-class population leaves cities to head back to the hinterland there can be an exodus of mutations in the virus that can spiral out of control. This particular section being vaccine-hesitant needs to be educated.
Rajasthan’s second wave saw an increase in the spread of infection to areas not affected in the first wave. The reason being weddings and reverse migration from high-risk states like Maharashtra. Rajasthan’s travel restrictions were imposed after several other states had already gone in lockdown mode to curb the spread of the virus. Later this timeline was extended till the 8th of June. Weddings were again banned till June 30th. However, some commercial activities were allowed with relaxations, to help boost the economy, only for districts that had managed to improve the Covid-19 situation.
The national capital, Delhi was in lockdown from April 19th to June 7th in 2021.
Rajasthan State’s Measures post-lockdown for Rajasthan Travel:
- The government planned to import 50,000 oxygen concentrators to address the shortage of life-saving gas. Some 1,250 had been procured from Russia. Talks are on with other manufacturers in China and Dubai to meet demands in the state.
- A specialized drive was undertaken by the civil force to check social distancing, wearing of masks, and following other codes of conduct in public places. The fine upon those not wearing masks at public places or workplaces was increased from Rs.500/- to Rs.1000.
- Special efforts to undertake vaccination awareness.
- Strictness on airports, including thermal body scans and RT-PCR reports checked.
Present Restrictions in Place:
International Travellers can refer to the pdf given below for detailed information: http://rajswasthya.nic.in/PDF/COVID%20-19/TRAVEL%20ADVISORIES/Guidelines%20for%20international%20arrivals.pdf
Domestic Travellers can refer to the pdf given below:
This is India’s national Covid-19 website: https://www.mygov.in/covid-19
Friendly Suggestions for tourists considering Rajasthan Travel:
- Keep hard copy’s of Test reports, vaccination certificates handy for smooth passage through check points
- Wear Masks at all times, whether it be in public places or any social gathering. Being vaccinated does not mean we undertake an offhand attitude towards protocols.
- Carry Sanitizers while out and about. Do not avoid sanitizers when they are offered.
- Avoid the jams! Skip any place that reeks red flags for catching an infection. Physical Distancing remains an objective for curtailing the spread of infection and thus travel if necessary must be with minimal members.
- Road Trips are a healthier option than overcrowded buses, trains, and airplanes. Plan a detailed itinerary and travel as close as you can for a refreshing experience. Rajasthan is close to Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, and Haryana. Making it a doable drive-through this summer!