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Updated 17 August 2021

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Goa recently reopened for tourism after a two-month lockdown. The beautiful, small beach state of India has always been a top destination in the country. All international scheduled commercial passenger flights to and from India will remain suspended until 31 August, in addition to several restrictions in inter-state travel as well. Read ahead to know COVID-19 related SOPs and travel requirements while travelling to Goa now. 

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Goa Tourism Guidelines

Domestic arrivals

Testing requirements

  • It is mandatory for all passengers arriving into Goa from other States/UT to be in possession of RT-PCR/TrueNAT/CBNAAT/Rapid Antigen Test negative report from ICMR accredited labs done within the last 72hrs.
  • The testing timeline starts from the swab collection time. Passengers not fulfilling the requirements shall be denied boarding at the origin station.

All passengers must download Aarogya Setu App.

Quarantine requirements

There is currently no quarantine in place for travellers arriving at Goa.

International arrivals

The Union health ministry had issued a set of revised guidelines for international arrivals amid the spread of mutant variants of coronavirus in many countries.

  • All international travellers will have to submit a self-health declaration as well as a declaration to comply with the government’s rule of home quarantine/self-monitoring for 14 days, on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel.
  • They will also have to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report of a test within 72 hours of the journey, and also give a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the report.
  • International travellers arriving through seaports will also have to undergo the same protocol, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently, as per the civil aviation ministry guidelines.

Testing requirements

A negative COVID-19 PCR test is required to enter India. The following are the revised guidelines:

  • All passengers, including children and infants, must upload their COVID‑19 RT‑PCR results on the Air Suvidha online portal for a test taken 72 hours prior to the start of their journey.
  • All passengers must carry a hard copy of a negative COVID 19 RT‑PCR certificate test at the time of departure. Digital copies will not be allowed. Certificate should be in English, specifying the name of passenger and the outcome of the test.
  • Arrival in India without a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test report will only be allowed in cases of exigency of death in the family. Passengers can apply for such an exemption on the online portal at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.
  • All passengers, including infants and children, without any exception, are to undergo self‑paid molecular tests upon arrival at the Indian airports (port of entry). Passengers must carry adequate funds for the same.
  • All passengers can leave their entry point in India after taking the on‑arrival molecular tests except for the following:
    • Passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa and arriving at Bangalore airport must wait for their results before leaving the airport or connecting to another flight.
    • Connecting passengers travelling from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa and transiting at Indian airports must wait 8‑10 hours at the entry airport in India before taking their connecting flights.
  • All passengers who test positive for COVID‑19 during the on‑arrival molecular tests will undergo treatment per standard health protocol. If they’re travelling from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa they will be isolated in an institutional isolation facility coordinated by the respective state health authorities

Quarantine requirements

  • All the travellers arriving from/transiting through flights originating in the United Kingdom, Europe or the Middle East shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry).
  • All travellers from Europe and the Middle East shall give samples at the designated area and exit the airport. If the test report is negative, they will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days. If the test report is positive, they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol.


Short stay International travellers

International travellers on a short stay (less than 14 days) and who have tested negative and remain symptom-free will undergo all the procedures as mentioned above and be permitted to leave India subject to fulfilling the requirements of their destination country.


Certified hotels In Goa

The Tourism Department of Goa has allowed selected hotels to open and welcome guests. Hotels with the best hygiene and sanitization facilities are allowed to restart their hospitality services. 

This beach destination of India, as we all know, does have top-notch resorts and hotels with world-class amenities and personalized services. Following are the ten best properties for your next hassle-free holiday in Goa:

Whispering Palms Beach


This beachfront resort is located on Candolim Beach. The Sinquerim Beach is just 2 km away, while Calangute Beach and Fort Aguada are within 5 km distance. The resort is influenced by Goa’s famous Indo-European artistry and it provides a tropical essence with Mediterranean architectural styles. In this 4-star hotel, there are around 106 rooms, and one can choose between Studio Suite Room, Terrace Room, or Balcony Room. This is one of the best and safest hotels to pre-book for your next trip to Goa.

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The O Hotel

O hotel

The property is located on the Candolim beach of North Goa and it oversees the beautiful Arabian Sea. Along with 74 luxurious rooms to choose from the hotel has Infinity Pool, Fine Dining options, and Spa facilities to offer its guests. The guests either could pre-book their O Courtyard room with spacious and traditional interior design, or they can choose the O Deluxe room with wooden furnished features and elegant interior, the guests could also choose O View rooms facing the sea and offering an amazing view, finally, the O President rooms are the largest and most luxurious rooms on the property. This five-star hotel is all you need to make your holiday a splendid one.

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Taj Fort Aguada Resorts & Spa Goa

Taj Aguada

This property is the first luxury hotel in Goa. The hotel imparts royalty and Indo-Portuguese culture from its every corner. Enjoy your next trip to Goa by soaking in the pool of Taj Fort Aguada Resort and Spa wild overlooking the 16th-century beauty. Choose from the options of Superior Room Garden View, Aguada Cottage Garden View, Deluxe Room Sea View, Aguada Cottage Sea View, Presidential Villa, Hermitage Villa, and others. Enjoy the personalized treatment of the Taj service set next to Sinquerim Beach and create an unforgettable Goa trip.

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Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa Goa


Enjoy the feel of Old Goan village with terracotta cottages spread over 28 acres of land. Located on the Sinquerim Beach, this property offers sea view and garden view rooms in the form of stand-alone and clustered shacks. This resort is a paradise in itself with sounds of crashing waves on one side and the odor of tropical forest on the other. There are superior garden view rooms and sea view rooms to choose from. One can also choose Premium Cottages for a more luxurious experience. fine dining options, breakfast buffets, a relaxing spa, pet-friendly space, swimming pool are all the facilities along with many others provided by the resort.

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Vivanta, Goa


This five-star property is located in the capital of Goa, Panaji. This place mainly attracts business tycoons, but it’s personalized top class service and elegant accommodations have also brought tourists from time to time. This place is great for people who love to stay fit during vacation as well since it offers 24/7 Fitness Centre. The hotel also has award-winning restaurants to provide the best dining experience. Nestled within the old Portuguese hub of Goa and Old Goan villages, this property is a magnificent way of enjoying the vacation.

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Country Inn And Suites By Carlson, Goa


Enjoy the beauty of three famous North Goa beaches – Candolim Beach, Calangute Beach, and Baga Beach just a few minutes away from the resort. Enjoy the outdoor pool live music and poolside Barbeque Grill available in the hotel. Fitness center and rejuvenating spa are also available for pampering yourself a little more and taking care of your fitness even during the vacation. Choose between Standard Rooms, Pool View, or Garden View Rooms as well as luxurious Suites for your magnificent stay at this property.

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Hard Rock Hotel

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As suggested by the name, this place attracts guests who love parties and entertainment. The location is perfect at the centre of Calangute, just a few minutes away from Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, and St. Alex Church. Enjoy top-notch accommodation and incomparable services at this hotel. Experience world-class cuisines, and soak in the longest crystal clear pool while sipping amazing cocktails at the bar beside the pool. Treat yourself better with an in-house spa and fitness centre. Pamper yourself with a wide variety of rooms like Deluxe King Room, Studio Suite King, Rock Family Suit, Rock Suite Platinum, etc as per your choice and enjoy a rocking stay.

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W Goa


At W Goa, enjoy the party vibe at its best. With raves and psytrance music allow yourself to enjoy the fancy parties along the bay. Hit the Vagator Beach, or climb up to Chapora Fort for the best view. With ROCKPOOL the bar beside the pool relishes into some soaking fun. You can also choose to pamper yourself with a spa, steam rooms, and therapy baths. W takes care of your fitness needs as well at the 24/7 fitness center. Enjoy the luxurious accommodation options at Marvelous Bed Rooms, Marvelous Chalets, Fantastic Villas, or Fantastic Chalets with personalized services.

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Novotel Goa Resort & Spa, Candolim


At Novotel, Candolim has a fun-filled family vacation. It is located very close to Candolim Beach and at the center of joyous North Goa life. There are around 149 beautiful rooms to choose from at the variety ranges from Superior King Room, Deluxe King Room, to Luxury King Room

The in-house boutiques, salons are treated to the guests along with spa and well-being facilities. One can get rental bikes and cycles from the hotel to have enjoyed a fun-filled ride, the hotel also offers beach water sport activities to its guests. This is all in one place to enjoy and relax with your family and friends.

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Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort Hotel

Novotel Goa

Enjoy chilling in the resort surrounded by Palm Trees and Goan-Portuguese architecture. The pristine Cavelossim Beach of South Goa is just beside this beautiful property, so you can hit the beach whenever you want. May it be family vacations, friends trip, or business concern trips, the special service of Novotel Goa Dona Sylvia Resort got it all covered. The hotel has a beautiful variety of Villas like- Executive Villas, Boutique Villas, and Premium Villas to choose for your next trip. The Spa and Wellness Center are specially arranged to pamper your tired soul. This is one of the best resorts in South Goa to enjoy your next trip with safety and fun.

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