Unlock 4 interstate travel: Do you still need a pass?
- Unlock 4 rules were announced on 29 August
- The government has introduced several relaxations
- The MHA order also prevents states and UTs from announcing local lockdowns without prior permission
Two days ago, the Ministry of Home Affairs shared unlock 4 guidelines, i.e. the new set of instructions for the guided and phased reopening of economic activities across the country. In this set too, the central government re-iterated a rule that it has insisted on for some time now: Free inter-state travel across India. Yep, the instructions to lift restrictions off inter-state travel were issued a while ago, but some states across India continued to impose restrictions on such travel in an effort to curb the rapidly growing number of confirmed coronavirus cases in their regions. This has, then, of course, affected economic activity, thus leading the central government to reiterate its stance about inter-state movement for both people and goods.
In its order dated 29 August, the Ministry of Home Affairs said, “There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.” What this means is you are now free to travel across India in your personal vehicles and will not need to apply for a travel e pass for it.
And as for those travelling by trains and domestic flights, the latest SOPs (standard operating procedures) will continue to apply. This means that you will have to conform to whatever rules the government has prescribed for travel via train, flights, etc.
The Ministry of Home Affairs’ order also reiterated that States and UTs can not introduce lockdowns or restrictions except for containment zones without seeking prior consent from the central government.
To cut a long story short, if you have a personal vehicle, you are free to travel all over India now. As for other means of transport, that will vary from state to state.