Odisha Travel Restrictions: Covid-19 Test, Night Curfew, Weekend Lockdown

India’s second wave of COVID-19 has caught the attention of health experts in the country and beyond. The resurgence of the deadly virus, which began peaking late last month, has been growing at an exponential rate. In a bid to avert potential catastrophe with the current surge, the Odisha government has introduced several rules and regulations on the movement of people. These include restrictions on travel, night curfews, and other nuances.

Here’s a guide that can serve as a convenient source of information for anyone travelling to Odisha.

Upon Arrival In Odisha

COVID-19 Negative Report: All domestic travellers must produce RT-PCR negative report taken within 72 hours before departure from originating city. This applies to all modes of interstate travel – railways, airlines, waterways and even private vehicles.

COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate: Travellers can also produce the COVID-19 vaccination final certificate (with 2 doses of vaccination) and enter the state.

Passengers entering Odisha from Andhra Pradesh or Telangana will need to undergo compulsory institutional quarantine for 14 days.

Passengers from West Bengal need to undergo compulsory home quarantine for 14 days unless they produce a vaccination certificate (two doses) or negative RT-PCR report, in which case a 7-day home quarantine is mandated.

Restrictions Within Odisha

Night Curfew Imposition: The Odisha government has imposed night curfews and weekend lockdowns in several districts with high COVID infection rates. This list is highly dynamic and may change by the day.

So far, officials have imposed a night curfew from 6 pm to 5 am in Bargarh, Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nawrangpur, Nuapada, Sambalpur, and Sundargarh districts until further notice. In contrast, a night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am is in place in all the other districts.

A complete weekend lockdown is also in place across all urban areas.

Ban on Interstate Public Travel for Chattisgarh: Chattisgarh, Odisha’s neighbouring state, has been at the centre of a COVID surge of late. It was found that most of the new infections in Odisha’s western districts were due to interstate travel by public transport utilities from Chattisgarh. Hence, the state government has issued a complete ban on all forms of public travel to and from Chattisgarh as of April 9.

Essential goods and services: Care has been taken to ensure that essential goods and services continue to remain operational despite the growing list of restrictions in place. Travel for essential goods and items will continue to remain unhindered across the state to avoid inconvenience. Emergency services and frontline workers will also remain active in their line of duty.

The above pointers include all the key travel guidelines. However, the best way to ensure safe travel to Odisha is by taking all necessary precautions. Hence, be alert at each step and ensure to make hygiene a top priority if you are travelling anywhere amidst the raging second wave.

In case you feel sick or develop symptoms of coronavirus during the quarantine period, you can call 1929 to get help.

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