Kerala Tourism Minister K. Rajan on Wednesday issued a circular to the tourism management committee (TMC) of Kerala stating that “Visitors from abroad must be avoided” during the three months of May-September.
Kerala Tourism Minister Rajan had issued the circular in a bid to protect tourists from being a “tourist trap” in Kerala.
Tourism officials have told TOI that they have received complaints from tourists who are being asked to return to the state for the first time in three months.
Tourists are being directed to return by the TMC to their home towns for three months after returning from abroad.
The TMC has also issued notices to all the hotels and restaurants in the state saying that all guests must be asked to take precautions to avoid any potential risks to their health or safety.
The TMC, which is headed by Kerala Tourism Secretary N. Srinivasan, had earlier on Monday issued the similar circular to all Kerala hotels and the Tourism Department had advised all visitors from abroad to stay away from the state.
“Visitors who have booked tickets from abroad and are returning to Kerala in the first three months should take proper precautions as we have seen that tourists from abroad are not abiding by the instructions issued by the Kerala Tourism Ministry,” the circular said.
The Kerala Tourism Department has also been working to ensure that the tourists are not using the state’s beaches for a vacation.
Tourism officials have also warned the state government that any tourist coming to the coast for the purpose of enjoying the sea is liable to be booked a hotel room by the authorities.