Mustang, December 2
A PCR report proving the visitor is not infected with the coronavirus or evidence of taking full-dose vaccines against Covid-19 has been made mandatory for persons entering the trans-Himalayan district, Mustang, in view of the new Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus.
The number of domestic and foreign visitors had been increasing of late in Mustang after the normalisation of the situation in the district with the second wave of coronavirus infection petering out. This had raised hope among the tourism entrepreneurs of the tourism business picking up. But, the news of detection of the new Omicron variant in several countries has dampened the hopes.
Chief District Officer Netra Prasad Sharma says the new measures have been taken and entry to Mustang has been made strict keeping in view the risk of the Omicron variant.
According to him, especially tourists have to show PCR negative report of seven days duration or immunisation card showing the person has taken full-dose vaccines or antigen test negative report in the last 72 hours.
Entry has been restricted if they cannot produce this evidence.
The District Covid-19 Management Committee says this decision, however, would not apply in the case of the permanent residents of the district and the employees, teachers and security personnel who have taken full dose vaccines.
The restriction has come into effect from Wednesday (December 1) and will last until midnight of December 15.