With lowering COVID-19 cases, many states across India have eased lockdown related restrictions. However, a new variant of the coronavirus, the delta plus variant has been detected in some states, many state governments continue to impose strict curfews in places with a higher number of coronavirus cases.
Interstate travel, and driving, in general, is permitted in most parts of the country. States like Rajasthan, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Andamans have lifted the lockdown/curfew restrictions.
Here are the latest COVID-related updates for travel and driving in different states across India.
The travel restrictions if any apply to visitors travelling by air, train or by road – either in public transport or private vehicles like a car or a bike. Since the rules could change anytime, it’s best advised to check with the local administration/airline/hotel or the local health authorities just a few days before your travel.
Largely road travel across India is allowed, public transport services like buses, trains, autorickshaws, and taxi services are functional in most parts of the country.
With the relaxation of lockdown/curfew rules across most Indian states, vehicles, both private and public transport are allowed to ply without any restrictions.
Interstate and Intrastate travel is largely permitted, there is no need for an E-pass to travel by road or air.
Private vehicles like cars and bikes are allowed to ply, remember to wear a face mask in a car , it is also advisable to keep a sanitizer and surface cleaner spray.
Kerala government relaxed the lockdown regulations. Travel is permitted, public transport is allowed to function with 50 per cent capacity. Road travel for private vehicles is allowed without any restrictions.
According to the Kerala police, people will have to obtain an online travel pass that is only provided for emergency purposes. You can get an e pass for Kerala using the link – https://pass.bsafe.kerala.gov.in/
All domestic travellers must produce a negative RT-PCR report (taken 48 hours prior to entering Kerala) or must undergo compulsory 14-day room quarantine till they get the RT-PCR test after arrival.
There is a ban on inter-city as well as inter-district travel, public and private transport are allowed only for essential services and emergencies. A 14-day home quarantine is mandatory for inter-district travellers.
In view of Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 cases emerging in the state, the government on Friday announced stricter restrictions, reducing the five-level relaxation plan to three. The first two levels, which had maximum relaxations, have been removed and Mumbai will continue to remain under Level 3 of the Maharashtra government’s phased unlock plans.
Malls and cinema theatres will be shut across the state, section 144 has been imposed and not more than 5 people can gather at a public place with minimal movement (essential purpose) post 5pm.
Shops selling essentials are allowed to stay open till 4 pm and those related to non-essentials are allowed to open only on weekdays. Gyms and salons will be functional till 4 pm.
Karnataka has extended the lockdown till June 21 with revised regulations. The government has announced that all businesses except for Cinemas, Gyms, Swimming Pools, Places of Worship will remain open from 6 am to 2 pm . Essentials services like Groceries, Dairy, Meat, Banks, ATMs, Standalone Liquor Stores are allowed to operate between 6 AM to 2 PM.
A total vehicle ban will be in place during the lockdown which restricts people from using private vehicles such as cars and bikes without a valid reason. Also, all public transport services including autos, buses and taxies are suspended.
Travel restriction during the lockdown in Karnataka doesn’t apply to people working in factories /shops (with valid ID card), students attending exams (with valid Hall Ticket), patients and patient attendees for medical purposes, delivery executives and passengers travelling to airports or railway stations to board scheduled flights and trains (with valid tickets)
Those travelling by air to Karnataka, Bengaluru are exempted from carrying a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 report.
The government has extended the Covid-induced curfew in Goa till 7 am on June 28. Shops in shopping malls, except for theatres, multiplexes, entertainment zones allowed to be open between 7 am to 3 pm.
All the bars, casinos, community hall, river cruises, waterparks, entertainment parks, swimming pools, places of worship will remain closed. Restaurants are open for takeaway and deliveries only.
Both doses of COVID-19 vaccines and a negative RT-PCR report is mandatory for tourists when Goa reopens for tourism.
The government of Gujarat has announced that a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report will be mandatory for those arriving from other states.
Travel rules for Uttarakhand in 2021
The government of Uttarakhand extended the COVID-19 curfew till June 29 but allowed hotels, restaurants and bars to function from 7 am to 10 pm at 50 per cent capacity
Shops are allowed to stay open from 8 am to 5 pm. Government offices, as well as private ones, can function with 50 per cent staff while those related to essential services are allowed to function with full capacity
Is travel permitted for Char Dham Yatra?
The state government announced that the Char Dham Yatra will begin in a phased manner. The yatra will be open for locals from July 1 and while travellers from other states are allowed from July 11. A negative RT-PCR test report will be mandatory for the Char Dham Yatra.
Travel rules for Haryana in 2021
The government of Haryana has extended the statewide lockdown till June 28. But has allowed the attendance of 50 people at weddings/funerals; corporate offices are permitted to operate at 100 per cent capacity.
Restaurants and bars, including those in hotels and malls, are allowed to open from 10 am to 10 pm with a 50 per cent seating capacity. Shops in markets can stay open from 9 am to 8 pm. and shopping malls can be open from 10 am to 8 pm.
Travel is open and there is no need of an E pass for both intra, interstate travel.
Himachal Pradesh has removed travel restrictions in the state starting from today. A negative Covid Test certificate is not required to enter the state of Himachal Pradesh as tourism is permitted. Public transport services have resumed in the state.
Travel rules for Jammu & Kashmir in 2021
The corona curfew has been extended by a week in the state of J&K. Only essentials services are permitted to function while travel is restricted for non-essential/emergency purposes.
The weekend curfew from 8 (Shopian, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Reasi, Udhampur) of the 20 districts have been lifted.
Daily night curfew will remain in effect from 8 pm till 7 am across the Union Territory.
Rajasthan government has imposed a strict lockdown from May 10 to May 24. Travellers visiting tourist places such as Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur are required to produce a COVID negative report on arrival. The is a restriction on travel from one city/village to another city/village within the state. Private and public transport is banned, except for emergency vehicles.
Tamil Nadu has imposed a lockdown across the state beginning May 10 to May 24 to combat the spread of COVID-19. A total ban on Inter-district and intra-state vehicular movement including public transport, only travel for essential or emergency is permitted. Travel for weddings, funerals, job interviews and hospitals would be allowed on production of relevant documents. E passes can be obtained on https://eregister.tnega.org.
Tamil Nadu has been extended lockdown in the state till June 28. The state government has divided the districts into three tiers based on their active Coronavirus cases.
Public transport has been allowed to operate with 50 per cent capacity, while in travel between Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and AP are allowed without the need of an E pass.
In further relaxations, the Delhi government has allowed restaurants and bars in the city to have up to 50 per cent of the seating capacity and can function from 8 am to 10 pm and 12 pm to 10 pm, respectively.
However, COVID restrictions will still remain in place for a few activities and services including cinemas, gyms, spas among others, which will remain closed till June 28.
Delhi-bound passengers from Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are not required to carry a negative RT-PCR test report. Road travel is permitted without the need for an E pass.
Yes, you can travel to Gurugram or Faridabad from Delhi without the need of an E pass.
Yes, you can travel to Noida or Ghaziabad from Delhi without the need of an E pass.
The Uttar Pradesh government has eased restrictions except for the COVID containment zones. Travel is permitted without an E pass, public transport services like buses, trains, taxis, and autos are allowed to ply.
Malls and restaurants can function with 50 per cent capacity on weekdays till 9 pm. Businesses including shops, markets except for those in the containment zones are allowed to be open five days a week.
However, a night curfew will continue to be in place from 9 pm to 7 am. Weekend curfew will also be imposed in all districts.
Bihar has a lockdown until May 15. People are not allowed to necessarily travel on roads or allowed to visit public places. Interstate highways are open and people travelling to other states are permitted to travel. Occupancy in public transport is limited to 50%.
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
North and Middle Andaman
For South Andaman, download the application at below link and submit it to the DC
The state government has an App to avail E-Pass.
Bangalore: Organisations and individuals can obtain passes from
Karnataka State Police (KSP) e-portal
Apply for an e-pass
Apply for e-pass
For the movement of restricted number of staff in Maharashtra except for Pune: https://covid19.mhpolice.in/
For the movement of restricted number of staff in Pune: https://www.punepolice.in/
Apply for pass
Apply for E-Pass
E-Pass can be applied at
Apply for E-pass
Link to E-Pass and FAQs
Link to E-Pass
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