With COVID-19 lockdown in place, the city sphere has become less crowded with barely a soul stepping out. But for how long would you want to stay in the confines of your abode? Time has come for you to take a small vacation and escape into the wilderness that some of the closest rural settings have to offer. Many have been opting for staycations and workations wherein they simply book an isolated villa or resort room for themselves and work from a new environment. It is a perfect setting with minimal social interaction and a majority of refreshing air. Would you be allowed to venture out though? Especially to cross tolls and city limits?
Well, the Government of Maharashtra has installed travel ePass which gives you the permission you need to travel anywhere within the state as well as cross state borders! So how do you get hold of one of them? Where can you apply? By when would you get your permission and travel ePass? These questions might be clouding your thoughts. We've got you covered with all the answers.
There are some specific identification documents that you would require to show when applying for an ePass to travel during COVID-19 lockdown. They include:
- A passport-size photo of the applicant/the driver
- An Aadhar Card (PDF version)
- Driving license (PDF version)
- RC Book of the vehicle (PDF version)
- A valid doctor's certificate/medical certificate/fitness certificate
These specific documents are required and should be around you when you sit to make your travel pass online.
For a doctor certificate, it is important that you visit your general physician or practitioner at a clinic or hospital. The certificate needs to be valid and should confirm that you do not suffer from any ailments and can travel. For this, some hospitals and even doctors charge a certain fee. Depending on whether you are good friends with your doctor, you might be exempt from paying the extra fee. The certificate should encompass some important points such as:
- The certificate holder is fit to travel
- The certificate holder does has not travelled abroad in the past two weeks
- The certificate holder is showing no symptoms of COVID-19
- The certificate holder's recorded temperature is below 99.1'F at the time when the application was made
Ideally, the certificate covers up a majority of important health-related details concerning you and helps ease the process of receiving a permission to travel within the state.
The Maharashtra Government has enabled an easy-to-use bilingual website for travel ePass applications. You can visit to apply for your travel ePass that would help you travel anywhere in Maharashtra. Similarly, various other state governments have set up a website where you can apply for a travel ePass. These include states such as Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and more. In fact, if you wish to travel outside Maharashtra, the option for a travel ePass outside Maharashtra is also available on the website.
Following a generic set of questions such as your identification number, address and more, you will also be asked to state the purpose behind your travel plans. The government requires to know why you would be stepping out of the Maharashtra state borders. As mentioned earlier, there are application forms available for inter state and intra state travel and ePass for travel is available depending on the severity of the situation.
Residents of Mumbai City will need to select the option, Mumbai City under the Select District/Police Commissioner drop-down menu. Following this, you will be redirected to the Mumbai Police page where a similar procedure with personal questions pertaining to identification and medical history will be asked. You will need to accordingly fill out the travel details. You can select the preferred language as the website has Marathi and English available. The chances of receiving an ePass if you apply from Pune is considerably higher. However, this is subject to change as things have been rather dire for Pune following the surge in the number of cases.
Once you have successfully submitted your travel ePass application, a reference number will be generated and shared with you. You can use this number to track the status of your application and whether you receive a confirmation and a travel ePass. For residents of Mumbai City who have applied from the city, you will receive a response within 24 hours from the submission of the application. A confirmation or rejection will be shared with you within the first 24 hours and accordingly, you can plan out your next step. Residents applying from Thane, Kalyan, Panvel, Badlapur and such areas will receive a response within 6 hours of submitting the application.
As soon as you receive your travel ePass, you are golden and can travel anywhere in the state! Since the request to travel has been approved by the Government of Maharashtra, you can carry it along with you and visit any place within the border limits. However, it is important to co-operate with the local authorities and governing bodies when you have received a confirmation to cross borders and travel to another state. Every state and governing body is currently doing everything in their strength to contain the virus and prevent it from spreading. Hence, as a responsible citizen, it would be nice to play by the books and follow the procedures and regulatory norms set by the different states.
While the travel ePass gives you the freedom to travel anywhere within the state of Maharashtra, we do recommend that you keep your distance from crowded places. The best thing to do would be to pick an isolated destination with fewer people and more greenery. Perhaps a villa or a bungalow? You can peruse through InterMiles hotels page to get some exquisite offers and to find the ideal staycation place you've been wanting to indulge in since the lockdown came into existence. There are many amazing deals and discounts offered by these properties to engage guests in staycations and workations. A weekend getaway or perhaps a week or month away from home to a new surrounding would be quite nice for your mental health. It will also give you the vigour and zest to be motivated at work.
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