Covid-19 Guidelines

Revised COVID-19 Protocols

After months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Meghalaya had announced the reopening of its tourism sector in the state starting from September 1, 2021. However, though life is getting back to the “new normal,” all travellers who wish to visit Meghalaya must adhere to the CONTACTLESS protocols to ensure a safe and comfortable visit.

To obtain permission to travel, tourists must use the Meghalaya Tourism App to register and an E-invite will be generated for the proposed itinerary. Please follow the instructions in the app to generate your e-Invite.

  • The E-Invite can also be obtained from Registered Tour Operators.
  • Upload a photo ID card (validated one such as the Aadhar card, Driver’s License or EPIC or voter’s ID) on the Meghalaya Tourism App, including those of other members who are travelling in the same group.
  • If tourists are staying as guests of family or friends in Meghalaya, they must declare the full address and contact details of the family or friend and the complete itinerary.

Once registration is completed, travellers will receive an E-Invite, a COVID-negative certificate or a full vaccination certificate should be presented at entry checkpoints.

  • Only fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed entry into the state.
  • Those who got the first vaccination shot (single dose) as well as those aged 11-18 years accompanied by their adult tourists will have to produce a negative RT-PCR/CBNAAT/TruNat report which will be valid only if they have tested within 72 hours prior to their arrival at the entry point.
  • Hotels will permit fully vaccinated local tourists from the state to stay, provided they present their vaccination certificates during check-in.
  • For tourists between 11-18 years of age, a negative RT-PCR/CBNAAT/TruNat report that shows you were tested within 72 hours before the check-in must be produced.
  • Children aged 10 years and below are exempted.

Tourists can access tourist areas, food joints, cafes, restaurants, and bars only if they are fully vaccinated or have received their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. The tourist attractions will continue to operate based on their carrying capacity restrictions and with the authorization of the respective Deputy Commissioners, or District’s/ Sub-divisions’ Sub-Divisional Officers.

Tourists are urged to follow all the safety measures and precautionary measures as well that have been outlined by the state government, especially to strictly register on the App of the Meghalaya Tourism, generate an e-invite, and adhere to the advisory for Homestays, BnBs, Hotels, Guest Houses, Tourist Sites, Restaurants, Cafes, Tourist Cabs and Taxis, etc., which remain operational.

Read the advisories for various protocols related to tourism, such as entry points, COVID-19 testing and reporting, hotel operations, and homestays and BnBs. These advisories were issued on different dates ranging from 2020 to 2021.

  • Guidelines for reopening the state for tourism on August 28th, 2021.
  • Updated regulations for entry points, published on June 9th, 2021.
  • Advice for travellers and those who have had close contact with high-risk individuals was released on April 26th, 2021.
  • A note on reopening tourism for out-of-state visitors on December 7th, 2020.
  • Procedures for COVID-19 testing and reporting from October 27th, 2020.
  • Standard Operating Procedures for hotel operations, established on June 26th, 2020.
  • Standard Operating Procedures for the operation of homestays and bed and breakfast establishments, established on November 16th, 2020.