Last week, the government of Goa announced that it was reopening its doors to tourism from July 3, 2019. Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said more than 250 hotels had once again been approved for travel. ‘host visitors after a three-month lockdown. Now that the Sunshine State is open for business, it’s time to re-create your WhatsApp groups and plan your trip to Goa. It should also be noted that Goa, which has always been a tourism hotspot among Indian and international travelers, has remained among the states least affected by the coronavirus. But before making an itinerary to visit Goa, there are a few rules that all travelers should follow before entering the state party of India.
Rules that all travelers must follow before entering Goa
1. First and most important of all, you will need to get tested for the coronavirus. All travelers to Goa will need to carry a negative COVID-19 certificate from the test performed within the past 48 hours. If this is not presented, travelers will be tested in Goa for the same.
2. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will either have to return to their hometown or remain in quarantine in Goa until they are cured.
3. All travelers are required to pre-book their stay at a hotel that has been approved by the tourism department.
4. Travelers should pre-book their stay at a hotel that has been approved by the tourism department. Those with reservations at an unapproved hotel or host family will not be allowed entry, and the same would be considered illegal.
If you meet all the criteria and are curious about the hotels approved by the tourism department, here are five beautiful and absolutely safe places.
Also Read: Goa Tourism and Travel Guide
5 safe and beautiful accommodations in Goa
1. Sea Crest – Dona Paula, Goa (Saffron Stays)
Even though Goa has opened its doors to tourism, that doesn’t mean you’ll be allowed to party at your favorite clubs or cabins. So take a break from the chaos of North Goa and take this opportunity to explore the peaceful south side which will amaze you with its beauty. Saffron Stays has a villa located in the Dona Paula area of Goa called Sea Crest which could be perfect for you. Each bedroom of this 3BHK villa offers you an unprecedented view of the Arabian Ocean. And if you want to swim with your feet in the sea, you can do so in Miramar, Vainguinim or at Caranzalem beach which are a few steps away. Its Portuguese vibe will really make you feel like you’re on the tropical break you deserve. Here are the policies in place for COVID-19 at all Saffron Stay residences.
2. Helios – Siolim, Goa (Saffron Stays)
You might remember the Siolim district of Goa if you’ve ever been to wonderful restaurants like Thalassa, Olive, and Ciao Bella, among others. This luxurious bungalow is located just three minutes away by car. He looks towards the Chapora River and the infinity pool extends above. And before they panic, Saffron Stays provides a thorough cleaning of their home and pools per government guidelines before and after each guest leaves. There is a 24 hour interval between two bookings to ensure that the cleaning goes smoothly. It has four bedrooms and exudes a very modern and luxurious feel. Travelers will need to download the Aarogya Setu app, check their temperature, sanitizers will be placed in each room, and guests will receive homemade meals with ingredients that have been thoroughly sanitized.
3. Fairfield by Marriott – Anjuna
If you don’t want to opt for villas, some hotels also offer stays in Goa. The Fairfield by Marriott is located in Anjuna, however, Baga, Vagator and Calangute are only 3 miles away. Common areas, including the pool and gym, will be closed and all travelers will be required to have their temperature checked, hand sanitizer checked, and travel history revealed before they can check-in at the resort. The location is convenient and it is one of the few resorts that carries the MakeMyTrip safety and health seal.
4. The Lalit Golf and Spa Resort – Raj Baga, Canacona
Another resort you can trust to take care of your well-being is Lalit Golf and Spa Resort. Located in Raj Baga, Canacona, this 85 acre resort is so spacious that it will ensure social distance between you and other guests. Once again, all common areas such as the gym and swimming pool will be closed. However, luckily for you, each room comes with its own private hot tub. An on-call doctor is also at your disposal. From the golf course to the spa, to a yoga room, you will not miss anything during your stay.
5. Hard Rock Hotel Goa
If you really missed out on partying, one of the best options for you is to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel. It is located in Calangute, Goa and will give your vacation the necessary dynamic factor while ensuring your safety. The location is perfect as Titos Lane, where Goan nightlife thrives, is a short walk away. We hope that all common areas will remain closed and that government guidelines will be followed. All staff will wear masks and follow the six-foot distance policy, among other precautions.
Even though Goa has opened its doors to customers, we urge you to practice the utmost hygiene and safety. If you have the slightest symptoms, we recommend that you quarantine your home before you go out. It’s important to remember that at times like this, risking your own health is risking the lives of others.