Hyderabad: With over nine lakh COVID-19 cases recorded in India so far, states are now issuing separate guidelines depending on the severity of the pandemic in their respective areas. If you are planning interstate travel then you should be aware of states that require travel passes.
Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Chandigarh, and Delhi allow free movement of vehicles, which means you will not need a travel pass. It is, however, compulsory if you are travelling to Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, and Pondicherry. Meanwhile, other states have no clear guidelines regarding travel pass.
Following are the links where one can get travel passes for various states:
Andhra Pradesh: https://www.spandana.ap.gov.
Tamil Nadu: https://tnepass.tnega.org/#/
Among the above-mentioned states, Bihar is under complete lockdown till 31 July.
How to Apply?
The procedure for applying for travel passes is similar for all cities. You will have to provide your personal details, the reason for travel, address of both from and to states, phone number, and details of co-passengers. Apply for the e-pass from the state’s e-pass portal. You can travel once your application is approved. You don’t need a pass for the state you will be crossing to reach your destination.
For example, if you are travelling from Hyderabad to Chennai you will need to get a travel pass from the Tamil Nadu website. While you will cross Andhra Pradesh to reach Chennai, you will not have to apply for an e-pass to enter AP as it is not your final destination.
However, there is an exception. If you are crossing Tamil Nadu to reach your destination state then you will have to apply for a travel pass from the Tamil Nadu website. This is not applicable to other states.