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No E-pass required to travel to Himachal Pradesh from 1st July

Inter-state buses will also be allowed with 50% capacity.

On Tuesday (June 22nd), the Himachal Pradesh cabinet decided on ending the need for an ‘E-Pass’ that is currently required by all incoming tourists entering the Himachal Pradesh’s borders. Considering the declining number of new cases of Covid this decision has been considered for implementation starting from 1st of July.

The tourists have been seen rushing to the state of Himachal Pradesh for the last few weeks. And the summer months are crucial for the tourism businesses such as hotels, restaurants, and cafés, etc. During the summers, a large number of tourists from Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana rush towards the popular destinations of Manali, Dharamshala, Kasol, and Shimla.

The decision to ease traveling to Himachal Pradesh is also taken to help boost the dormant tourism industry of the state. Due to Covid restrictions, a lot of businesses have been suffering due to the lack of movement of people from other states.

The state government has also allowed the movement of inter-state buses which will only allow a 50% occupancy rate. The buses will be allowed starting from 1st July. Also, all restaurants and cafés will be allowed to remain open starting from 9 am until 10 pm with 50% capacity.

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