New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami last week announced that e-passes  will be made available for inter-district and inter-state travel during the lockdown from August 17. Earlier,  e-passes were issued only for medical emergencies, marriages and deaths. Also Read - India's COVID Tally Surpasses 53 Lakh-mark, Deaths Stand at 85,619; 5 Worst-hit States Report High Level of Recoveries | Key Points

“I appeal to people to apply for e-pass and travel only for journeys that are unavoidable,” the chief minister had said and urged the public to cooperate with the government by following the COVID-19 norms to help prevent the virus spread. Also Read - 9 Months Into The Pandemic | When Will Coronavirus End And Life Limp Back to Normal?

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Step 1: Visit https://tnepass.tnega.org, the official website of the TN govt for applying an e-pass.

Step 2: Enter your mobile number and the captcha to receive an OTP.

Step 3: Enter the OTP you received

Step 4: You will be directed to a page where you will be see various options such as — e-pass for travel via road (private vehicles), business round trip, guest workers from other states etc.

Step 5: Select the type of pass that you want

Step 6: Fill in the required details –name, address, range of travel (inter-district/inter-state), duration of travel and others.

Step 5: Provide the required documents for the travel. In case of a medical emergency, you will be asked to submit medical records or for wedding, an invitation card will be needed.

Step 6: Verification will be completed, once the details are given.

Step 7: E-pass will be processed after the submission of both documents and ID proof

To avail the e-pass, travelers will be asked to present Aadhar Card or Voter ID, PAN Card, address proof, vehicle license and employment ID.

How to Check TN e-pass Status

Visit the official page tnepass.tnega.org

Enter your mobile number and click send OTP

You will see a list of submitted applications

Click on the application number or download the curfew pass

Documents required for applying TN e-pass?

Aadhar Card/ Voter ID Card

PAN Card

Address Proof of the applicant

Vehicle Licence

Employment ID

Tamil Nadu is the only state where e-passes are needed for inter-district and inter-state travel.