New SOP for entry to Sikkim, including short duration visits

Gangtok, 01 Sept:

Health Department has issued Standard Operating Procedure for entry/return to Sikkim from 01 Sept onwards.

As per the new SOP, those who are permanent residents of Sikkim or have a house in Sikkim or are residing here since two years will be allowed to enter the state through online registration. They will have to undergo 11 days quarantine.

Workers/labourers will be allowed entry on the request of employer/company/contractor/business proprietor who will be responsible for quarantine, testing and all other expenses for treatment in case the worker tests positive for COVID-19.

Those wishing to enter Sikkim for a short visit not exceeding 7 days will be allowed entry only throughRangpo check post through online registration.

Such visitors will be sent to designated paid quarantine facility and tested via RTPCR on payment at STNM Hospital flu clinic within 48 hours of arrival. In case of negative report, they will be allowed to relocate to a hotel/guest house/ any other accommodation of their choice.

In case of positive report, they will be treated as per standing SOP of Health Department at their own expense. The charge for paid quarantine facility is fixed at Rs 2000 per room or Rs 1000 per individual on sharing basis.

The charges for RTPCR test is Rs 3500 per person, which will be deposited at the paid quarantine facility along with the quarantine charges. Such persons can bring self-driven vehicle to the state. They can also bring hired vehicle provided the vehicle returns the same day.

If a person has a valid negative RTPCR test or Truenat report conducted within last 3 days prior to his or her arrival to the state, they will not have to be tested in the state.

Rapid Antigen Test at Rangpo and Melli will be discontinued from 01 Sept 2020 as the test is unreliable and the person will have to undergo quarantine regardless of whether he/she tests negative or positive.

There will be no testing for returnees after completion of quarantine and testing will only be done on development of symptoms from seventh day onwards.