All You Need to Know on Driving During the Unlock 4.0 , E-passes, and Travel

All You Need to Know on Driving During Unlock 4.0, E-passes, and Travel

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All You Need to Know on Driving During Unlock 4.0, E-passes, and Travel

Months after the lockdown and unlocks in India, the government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, has announced the relaxation of rules for non-essential businesses, interstate & intra-state travel, air travel, and many such activities under UNLOCK 4.0 that came into effect a couple of days ago.

In its Unlock 4.0 order dated 29 August, “There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.”

Ministry of Home Affairs

Unlock 4.0 permits, people, to travel across India in their personal vehicles and they will not need to apply for a travel e pass for it. Public transport services like trains, buses, metros, and flights are operational in most parts of the country following the safety SOP’s.

Even with the rise in number of the Covid cases, most people seem to have returned to their routine following social distancing and wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the virus.

CARS24 conducted a research survey on the Covid situation and published a report based on it, which indicated that a large number of Indians will prefer to use private vehicles, like cars and motorcycle, over public transport including taxi services due to safety and hygiene post the lockdown.

While no one is entirely sure when the Covid situation might end, we can certainly tell traveling by your own vehicle, especially a car is the safest choice during these unprecedented times.

Who is allowed to travel in their vehicles?

Driving during the Lockdown – All you need to know

Most Indian states do not require a permit/travel pass/ e-pass for both inter-district and interstate travel. The states that previously required travel permit, e-passes for travel by road, air & rail included Delhi, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Meghalaya, West Bengal, and Karnataka.

What are the rules for private vehicles?

Motorcycle rider examined during the lockdown

According to Unlock 4.0 guidelines, there is no need for prior travel permission to travel by road and the E-passes are not required for interstate and intra-state travel.

Despite the instructions to lift restrictions off inter-state travel, some of the states like Tamilnadu, Kerala, etc. continued to impose travel restrictions in order to curb the COVID-19 virus spread. This led to affected economic activity in the respective states. The central government has also said that, States and UTs can not introduce lockdowns or restrictions except for containment zones without seeking prior consent.

Earlier, only 3 occupants were permitted in hatchbacks and sedan, 4 passengers in SUV, now you can drive across the country without passenger restrictions in personal cars following safety protocols.

Remember, all drivers and passengers should wear a face mask while venturing out to stay safe, it is also advisable to keep a sanitizer and surface cleaner spray in your cars.

The time interval during which the driving/travel is allowed during UNLOCK 4.0

There is no time restriction for travel during UNLOCK 4.0. Movement of people, road travel for private vehicles is permitted across the country without the need of an E-pass.

Statewise Link to obtain E passes for driving/travel during Lockdown

The state-wise links for E-Passes or inter-district travel permission during the lockdown have been mentioned below:

Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Nicobars district
North and Middle Andaman
South Andaman
For South Andaman, download the application at below link and submit it to the DC

Andhra Pradesh

Registration Link
DCC/MC/Tahsildar Verification Link

E-Pass application link

E-Pass application link

The state government has an App to avail E-Pass.

Application dashboard

For travel permit
For temporary Pass

Movement Pass
Application dashboard

Himachal Pradesh
Apply for a curfew pass
For Vehicle Movement e-pass in Kangra, Kullu, and Una, you can also apply at :
(Click on ‘Select State’> Choose ‘Himachal Pradesh’ from the drop-down menu> Scroll-down to ‘Newly Launched Services’ > Click on ‘Issuance of epass’)

Jammu and Kashmir

Apply for a curfew pass


Apply for a curfew pass

Bangalore: Organisations and individuals can obtain passes from
Karnataka State Police (KSP) e-portal

Inter-District Travel Pass

Apply for an e-pass

Madhya Pradesh:
Apply for e-pass

For the movement of restricted number of staff in Maharashtra except for Pune:
For the movement of restricted number of staff in Pune:

E-Pass dashboard

E-Pass dashboard

E-Pass is being issued for those who are engaged in providing essential services like health, manufacturing, transport, shops, and media personnel. For e-passes
Can also apply at

Apply for pass

Tamil Nadu:
Apply for E-Pass

E-Pass can be applied at

Uttar Pradesh:
Apply for E-pass

Link to E-Pass and FAQs

West Bengal:
Link to E-Pass

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