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Meghalaya makes it mandatory for visiting tourists to register

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Guwahati: As Meghalaya plans to open up for tourists from December 21 onwards after months of restriction owing to COVID-19 pandemic, it has made it mandatory for visitors to register.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma tweeted, “We are reopening Tourism in Meghalaya for tourists from outside the State from 21st Dec 2020. To ensure the safety of everyone, registration through the @meghtourism app is made mandatory & SOPs are put in place.”

Meghalaya’s tourism department has notified a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for those visiting the state from outside. It will be mandatory for those visiting the state to register on the tourism App and generate an E-Invite for the proposed itinerary.

To enter Meghalaya one needs to upload a valid Photo ID card in the App, for those travelling in groups can register and generate one E-Invite.

According to the SOP it is mandatory to book at least two nights’ stay (Either Hotel/Homestay/Guest House) for the first two nights and declaration of the complete itinerary for the E-Invite to be generated. If the tourist is staying as a guest of any family or friend in Meghalaya, then the tourist shall declare the full address and contact details of the family or friend and the complete itinerary for the E-Invite to be generated.”

It is also mandatory for tourists to come with a COVID Negative RT-PCR/TruNat/CBNAAT report which will be valid only if they were tested within 72 hours of their arrival at the entry point. The RAT Negative Test is not valid for Tourists who are entering the state. Tourist with symptoms should not travel. Such symptomatic individuals, even with a COVID Negative report, will be mandatorily tested at the Entry Points as per the protocols of the Health and Family Welfare Department.

Meanwhile the state cabinet approved draft rules for implementation of the Meghalaya Identification, Registration (Safety & Security) of Migrant Workers Act, 2020.

Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Labour, Prestone Tynsong said, “The cabinet has approved the draft rules framed by the labour department. Once the rules are in place, the implementation for registration of labourers will immediately take off.”

The Act was passed in March last. The act seeks to provide for the maintenance of public order and for the protection and safety of migrant workers by identification and mandatory registration of all such workers in the state.

The Act also stipulates that “it shall be the duty of every person, employing or engaging any migrant worker in any manner whatsoever to ensure the registration of such migrant worker failing which, the owner of any such establishment shall be liable to a fine which may extend to five thousand rupees.”

The Act stated the Registering Officer will issue a registration card which will be valid for 179 days. The officer will maintain a register containing details of the local address, name and address of the owner of the establishment, if any, Adhaar/Election Photo Identity Card, permanent address and contact details of next kin.

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