September 18, 2021

COVID-19 TESTING CERTIFICATE IS NOT REQUIRED FOR GOA TRAVEL: DR. SAWANT, GOA CM

The Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday declined to impose Covid-19 testing certificate mandatory for those entering the state, stating that it would shutter economic activity which the state couldn’t afford.

On Monday, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane told the media that he had ‘sent a file’ to the Chief Minister seeking that all arrivals into the state should either bring a negative certificate on arrival or be tested upon arrival in view of the increasing cases.

Meanwhile, Goa Ports Minister Michael Lobo said that “The Health Minister is concerned about the health of the people of Goa. If you look at the economic side of it, we will be badly impacted, if the government seeks Covid-19 certificates from hotel guests”.

“I don’t think anybody will want to come to Goa. We will get 90 per cent cancellations. Hotels are full (capacity) today from Thursday to Sunday or even on weekdays. This will stop,” Lobo said.

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