With the emergence of the Omicron variant, the third wave of COVID-19 has struck the country. In a stringent move to prevent the spread of the virus, many states across India have restrictions that include curfew and weekend lockdowns related restrictions. Many state governments continue to impose strict restrictions 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 Maharashtra, Kerala , Rajasthan, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Andamans have declared night curfew while some have weekend lockdowns.
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 permitted, public transport services like buses, trains, autorickshaws, and taxi services are functional, some of the states have permitted only 50% capacity in public transport.
With the lockdown/curfew rules across most Indian states, vehicles, both private and public transport are allowed to ply without any restrictions or e-pass. In a few states, it is mandatory to produce a double vaccination certificate or a negative RT-PCR test when travelling, be it by road, rail or air.
Interstate and Intrastate travel is largely permitted, there is no need for an E-pass to travel by road.
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.
Maharashtra government announced that all the international flyers will have to undergo RT-PCR tests on arrival and shall undergo mandatory 7-day “institutional quarantine” with a second test to be carried out on the seventh day. If the test result is negative, the passenger will have to undergo home quarantine for 7 days.
There is currently no on ban on inter-city as well as inter-district travel, public and private transport are allowed to ply without any restrictions.
Karnataka has declared a night curfew between 10pm and 5pm on weekdays with a complete curfew on weekends where only essential businesses are permitted to operate. All the flyovers and bridges in Bangalore will be shut during the weekend curfew. The government has announced that all businesses like Cinemas, Gyms, Swimming Pools, will operate with 50% capacity.
The Karnataka government has tightened COVID-related restrictions and has decided to make a negative RT-PCR test report mandatory for those entering Karnataka from Maharashtra, Kerala and Goa.
Also, the international flyers arriving in the Karnataka will have to undergo RT-PCR tests with home quarantine for seven days. If the passenger is tested positive, the sample will be sent for genomic sequencing and they will be sent to an isolation facility.
The latest travel guidelines for Goa are as follows to prevent the Omicron outbreak in the state. A self-declaration from has to be filled online. International travelers will have to submit samples and undergo a paid COVID-19 test at the airport. If tested negative, they will have to home quarantine for 7 days; take a test again on the 8th day, if tested positive again, the person will be taken to an isolation facility for treatment.
Domestic travellers are required to carry a COVID negative test report; those entering from Kerala will have to home quarantine for 5 days. Both doses of COVID-19 vaccines certificate or a negative RT-PCR report is mandatory for tourists.
For those travelling by road to Goa, officials are conducting random testing at both Karnataka and Maharashtra borders.
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 2022
The government of Uttarakhand has announced that all travelers arriving in the state will be required to undergo mandatory tests, if found symptomatic or positive, the passenger will be required to undergo a 14 day quarantine. For those travelling by road , the officials will be conducting random testing.
Travel rules for Haryana in 2022
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 2022
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.
The Delhi government has announced a weekend curfew and a night curfew on weekdays to prevent the spread of infections. Measures like limiting the office staff and restricting gatherings of people are also in place in the national capital.
Delhi-bound passengers from Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are 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 only for emergency and essential purposes during the weekend curfew.
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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