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MoS Shobha Karandlaje: Lockdowns, Curfews Not Required If People Are Disciplined

Chikmagalur (Karnataka) [India], January 22 (ANI): In view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country, Union Minister of State Shobha Karandlaje on Friday said that lockdowns and curfews are not required if people are disciplined. The Union Minister of State, who was on a personal visit to her hometown here, urged people to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols. “We have to learn to live with COVID-19 at present. We are living in the presence of this virus for the past few months. I know that curfews disturb people’s lives. I believe that lockdown and curfews are not required if people are disciplined. I urge all the people to wear masks and follow the COVID-19 guidelines,” she said while addressing the reporters on Friday. Speaking to reporters, she said the government and health department should take the opinion of experts on imposing…

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France To Ease Certain COVID-19 Restrictions In February

Paris [France], January 21 (ANI/Xinhua): French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday evening that the government will proceed to ease certain COVID-19 related restrictions in February. During a press conference, Castex stressed that the Omicron variant “is absolutely not just a flu.” He once again recalled the importance of being vaccinated, saying that a fully vaccinated person is 4.5 times more unlikely to be infected than a non-vaccinated, and has 25 times less chance to turn into severe cases. Castex announced that the vaccine pass, replacing the current health pass, will be effective on Jan. 24, subject to the decision of the Constitutional Council on Friday. The vaccine pass enables people to gain access to public venues without the need to present a negative COVID-19 test. As for access to nursing homes and hospitals, the vaccine pass won’t be mandatory. Children between the…

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13 Delhi-bound Trains Delayed As Dense Fog Engulfs The National Capital

New Delhi [India], January 20 (ANI): With a blanket of dense fog engulfing the national capital on Thursday morning leading to poor visibility, several Delhi-bound trains were delayed, informed the Northern Railway. According to the Northern Railway, 13 Delhi-bound trains are running late following a drop in visibility due to fog. “About 13 trains running late for today, including Howrah-New Delhi Express, Puri-New Delhi Express, Gorakhpur-New Delhi Express, Mumbai-New Delhi Express, Kanpur -New Delhi Express,” said CPRO, Northern Railways. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 8 degrees Celsius at 7 am today while the maximum is expected to touch 18 degrees Celsius. Moreover, the visibility in the Palam area of the national capital dropped to 50 metres today. “Dense fog is being reported at 0830 hrs IST over Delhi (Palam 50m), Punjab (Amritsar 50m),…

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Air India Curtails US Operations Over 5G Issue, Suspend Four Flights

New Delhi [India], January 19 (ANI): After several international airlines curtailed their operations to the United States due to deployment of 5G communications in the US, Air India on Wednesday also suspended four of its flights scheduled to the US. Air India announced the suspension of flight operations between Delhi Airport and San Francisco, Chicago and John F Kennedy. It will also suspend a Mumbai to Newark flight. It will continue to fly into Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport. Air India in a tweet said, “Due to deployment of 5G communications in the USA, our operations to the USA from India stand curtailed/revised with change in aircraft type from 19th January 2022. Update in this regard will be informed shortly.” In another tweet, Air India informed, “Due to deployment of the 5G communications in the USA, we will not be able to operate the…

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China Enters 40-Day Spring Festival Travel Rush Amid Nationwide COVID-19 Flare-Ups

Beijing [China], January 18 (ANI): The world’s largest human migration, China’s 40-day Chunyun or Spring Festival travel rush, kicked off on Monday amid nationwide COVID-19 flare-ups. As per Global Times, more than 1.18 billion trips are expected to be made countrywide during the 40-day travel rush. However, due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19 outbreaks, great uncertainties exist for this year’s Chunyun. A total of 280 million railway passenger trips are expected during the travel rush, of which the railway system in Beijing is expected to see 8.98 million trips, and about 9.1 million trips were expected to be made in Shanghai railway stations, according to the transportation departments. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said nearly 600,000 passenger flights during the Chunyun period were scheduled, and some 20,000 extra flights were approved to be arranged as well. The country will see about…

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TRAVEL : Taj Mahal, a teardrop on eternity’s cheek!

By KSHVID NEWS DESK  The Taj Mahal is a world-famous monument in Agra. Every year, travelers, more than twice the population of Agra, visit the city to see the Taj Mahal. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan created the most spectacular monument to commemorate his love for his beloved bride, Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is called a teardrop on eternity’s cheek by a famous poet. The Taj Mahal’s origins and conception are like something out of a fairytale. If it weren’t for the fact that it was true, it would be a best-selling fictional romance novel. Prince Kurram (eventually Shah Jahan) married and named his mother’s niece Mumtaz Mahal. They had been married for 19 years, and she accompanied him everywhere, even on military trips, even with her pregnancies. Her charms, elegance, love and kindness, and desire to help widows and orphans were praised by…

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TGA: Two Dose Of Sputnik V Accepted For International Travel To Australia

Canberra [Australia], January 17 (ANI/Sputnik): Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recognized the two-dose course of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 as an acceptable form of coronavirus vaccination for travellers. “Today, the TGA determined that an additional COVID-19 vaccine, the two-dose course of the Gamaleya Institute vaccine (Sputnik V, Russian Federation) would be ‘recognized’ for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status,” the TGA said in a Monday statement. The regulator explained that additional data on the Russian vaccine’s effectiveness showed that two doses of Sputnik V demonstrated an average efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19 infection of 89 percent and against hospitalization or death of 98-100 percent. “The single-dose course of the Gamaleya vaccine (‘Sputnik Light’) is not currently recognized by the TGA,” the Australian regulator specified. 

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UK To Abolish Mandatory PCR Test For Vaccinated Travelers Returning To Country

London [UK], January 16 (ANI/Sputnik): The United Kingdom will abolish mandatory COVID-19 tests for all fully vaccinated travelers returning to the country by the end of January, the Times reported on Sunday, citing a source close to UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. “We are looking at removing all COVID tests for vaccinated travelers by the end of January, which is likely to coincide with the review of the plan B measures on January 26,” the source said, as quoted by the media. According to the newspaper, this move will help UK families to save hundreds of pounds and will give impetus to the recovery of the tourism industry. In addition to the abolition of PCR tests for fully vaccinated people, the minister intends to remove other restrictions, in particular the mandatory wearing of face masks in shops and public transport. The UK faced a…

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US To Ban All Commercial Flights To China Ahead Of Beijing Winter Olympics

Washington [US], January 15 (ANI): The US will be banning all commercial flights to China from January 19 as Beijing tries to keep coronavirus infections at bay ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Starting next week, there are likely to be no commercial flights bound for Beijing ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, reported CNN. Beginning January 19 and continuing for at least two weeks, all flights from the United States to China have either been cancelled or are likely to be suspended because of Chinese aviation regulations, according to CNN Business research of government announcements and published flight schedules. As of Friday, only two flights still appeared eligible to operate for that period, one of them with United Airlines (UAL). The Beijing Winter Games open on February 4, and participants are mostly taking special flights restricted to people with Olympics credentials as…

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BHUTAN: The original land of Smiles. Understand Bhutan is why so Unique!

By KSHVID DESK Bhutan is the last Himalayan kingdom, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped mountains and dense forests that form beautiful scenery. But that’s not all; Bhutan is the only country globally with a forest cover of 72 percent, making it not only carbon-neutral but also carbon-negative. Apart from that, Bhutan is a fascinating and mystical country where ancient Buddhist culture collides with spectacular fortresses such as dzongs and monasteries. Bhutan is a one-of-a-kind destination due to its unique monastic architecture and artwork on the walls representing phallic as a message to fight off evil. This one-of-a-kind country, rumored to be the final Shangri-La, is undoubtedly the most fantastic place to come for family vacations, honeymoon tours, and even adventure vacations. And, to be a part of this fascinating region, you may have your own Bhutan experience by following this guide to the top tourist…

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Travel Tips: Delhi to Leh-Manali via J & K is A dream Trip for a Traveler

By KSHVID DESK, DELHI Delhi-Jammu and Kashmir is a trip that every traveler in India, and maybe the world, requires. When you add in the Leh-Manali circuit, you have the stuff of dreams. These roads run through some of the most beautiful parts of the country. Before all the green is lost and naked, the panoramas change from beautiful green fields of Punjab plains to river-fed meadows of Kashmir. The frigid desert of Ladakh reflects its hues in a variety of stone shades. Dhabas on the side of the road give way to monasteries on the side of the road. Finally, when you arrive in Jammu and Kashmir, the mesmerizing beauty of the region provides a peaceful break for travelers. The most visited tourist attractions in Jammu and Kashmir are its magnificent lakes, among the state’s top attractions. The waters of Jammu and Kashmir…

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Thailand Adds 3 More Beach Destinations To Tourists Amid Covid Spike

Thailand added three popular beach destinations to a visa program that allows foreign visitors to bypass a mandatory isolation, throwing a lifeline to its Covid-hit tourism industry seen as key to a nascent economic recovery.   Starting Tuesday, vaccinated foreign tourists can enter Krabi, Phang Nga, and Koh Samui in addition to Phuket under the so-called sandbox program that won’t require them to go through quarantine, provided they spend at least a week in these destinations. The relaxed visa rule is yet another attempt by Thailand to restart its travel industry as the emergence of the omicron variant triggers a new wave of Covid infections. The tourism-reliant nation indefinitely suspended a wider quarantine-free program last week to quell a flareup in new cases, though it helped attract some 350,000 travellers in just two months. While the tourist arrivals under the sandbox program are likely…

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Italy: New Restrictions For Those Not Vaccinated Against Covid-19

On Monday, several new restrictions came into place in Italy for those not vaccinated against Covid-19. In order to visit restaurants, hotels, trade fairs, ski lifts, local or long-distance trains and buses, you must now present a proof of vaccination against or recent recovery from Covid-19. Previously, a negative test result was also accepted. The new rule also applies to team sports, so all professional soccer players must be vaccinated in order to play. EU tourists can use the QR codes of their vaccination certificates to get around the country. Italy has seen a spike in infections recently, with the latest figures showing 1,669 new cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days. Here are the latest major developments on coronavirus from around the world: Africa School pupils in Uganda returned to the classroom, in some cases for the first time in nearly…

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Maharashtra Government Revises Covid-19 Norms: Check Out

The Maharashtra government on Sunday revised its COVID-19 restrictions allowing beauty salons and gyms to function at 50 per cent capacity with the services being open to only fully vaccinated people. The state government made a partial modification to its last order issued on January 8, which is scheduled to come into force from Monday. In its last order, the Maharashtra government had said that beauty salons and gyms in the state will remain completely shut. However, in its latest order, the government said: “Beauty salons shall be grouped with hair cutting salons and shall be allowed to remain open with 50 per cent capacity subject to restrictions mentioned in the table for hair cutting salons.” In the last order, the government had allowed hair cutting salons to operate at 50 per cent capacity adding that these salons will remain closed from 10 pm…

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Goa plans??? first read this!

Goa (Panaji) [India], (ANI): Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that public gatherings in the poll-bound coastal state has been limited to 100 people in outdoor venues and 50 per cent of the sitting capacity or maximum 100 in cases of indoor venues. “Maximum 100 people will be allowed at the venue at any one point in time. However, people coming in and going out of the venue will not be counted to calculate the capacity limit,” said Sawant.The restrictions have been imposed to prevent large gatherings in marketplaces, public meetings, political meetings, beaches, etc. “The restrictions will continue till January 26 and will be reviewed depending on the pandemic situation in the state,” added Sawant. Meanwhile, Goa government has decided not to impose night curfew in the state for now. A total of 1432 new COVID-19…

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UAE Announces Travel Ban For Unvaccinated Citizens, Booster Dose Required For Vaccinated

The United Arab Emirates announced a travel ban on its citizens unvaccinated against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), starting January 10. The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) of the UAE said that the vaccinated citizens, in order to travel, are further required to obtain the booster dose as per the country’s Covid protocol. The Arab nation will allow travel for individuals medically exempted from taking the Covid-19 vaccine, humanitarian cases, and those travelling for medical and treatment purposes. “Ban on Travel on UAE citizens unvaccinated with #Covid19 vaccine, starting Jan 10, 2022, with a requirement to obtain the booster dose for the fully vaccinated,” the official handle of NCEMA posted on Twitter. “With an exemption for medically exempted from taking the vaccine, humanitarian & treatment cases.” The travel ban has been announced amid a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases, driven by the highly…

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Nepal: Where Beauty is at its Peak, Dream Tourist Destination in Asia

By Kshvid News Desk Many people visit Nepal to conquer the slopes of Mt. Everest or to pay their respects to the birthplace of the Buddha. The country, which lies between China and India in South Asia, is home to some of the world’s most diverse landscapes, ranging from snow-capped mountains to subtropical woods. Nepal’s culture is equally diverse, with centuries-old temples and shrines, a wide variety of colourful festivals, and a huge number of exotic wares to utilize and buy.The stunning beauty of these well-known tourist spots in Nepal serves as the perfect backdrop, and the climate makes it great for travellers to visit and explore. Though Nepal has been a popular tourist destination in recent years, a large portion of the country remains unaffected by urbanization and the pollution that comes with it.Nepal is well-known for attracting visitors from all around the…

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Joe Biden Announces End To Covid-19 Related Southern Africa Travel Ban

US President Joe Biden has ended the COVID-19 related travel restriction imposed last month on the eight southern African nations due to the spread of coronavirus variant Omicron. “In light of these changed circumstances, and based on the recommendation of the CDC, I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to revoke Proclamation 10315. The travel restrictions imposed by that proclamation are no longer necessary to protect the public health,” said Biden in his presidential proclamation on Tuesday. This proclamation is effective at 12:01 am eastern standard time on December 31. Having learned more about the Omicron variant in the past several weeks, the CDC now recommends lifting the travel restrictions, read the proclamation. “Importantly, scientific experts have determined that people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are protected against severe disease and hospitalization from the Omicron variant. Moreover, the…

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Direct Flights Between India & Switzerland To Restart From January 10

Swiss International Air Lines is reportedly expanding its range of scheduled flights and adding new destinations to its networks. This means that the airlines will be restoring its services to Delhi and Mumbai, which were earlier suspended due to the pandemic. According to latest reports, Swiss International Air Lines will be welcoming passengers from India as early as January 10, 2022. Hence, direct flights to and from Switzerland will be operational as part of the air bubble agreement between the two countries. You will be able to fly to Zurich from Mumbai on Wednesdays and Fridays, and on the other hand, you can fly from Zurich to Mumbai on Mondays and Wednesdays. The following months will see more flights available from Mumbai, and Delhi. This could mean that your Swiss holiday is soon going to become a reality, but that is subject to change, as per the situation, and restrictions in the future. You are…

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Omicron Scare: Iran Bans Travelers From European, African Countries From Entering

Iran’s Tourism Ministry announced on Sunday a 15-day halt in travel from the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Denmark and eight African countries amid fears over the Omicron coronavirus variant. Deputy Tourism Minister Ali Asghar Shalbafian said in a statement that entry would be denied to foreigners coming by land, air and transiting through third countries if they departed from the blacklisted ones. Iran reported 1,857 new COVID-19 cases and 52 virus-related deaths in the past day. The country’s first case of infection with the highly mutated Omicron strain was confirmed last Sunday. 

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UNSC Exempts Taliban Leaders From Travel Ban For 90 Days

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has exempted Taliban leaders from the travel ban for a period beginning on December 22, 2021, and ending on March 21, 2022. The list includes prominent leaders of the Islamic Emirate like First Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Ghani Baradar and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai. “The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1988 (2011) decided on 22 December 2021 to extend the exemption to the travel ban imposed by paragraph 1 (b) of resolution 2255 (2015) for Abdul Ghani Baradar Abdul Ahmad Turk (TAi.024), Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai Padshah Khan (TAi.067), Zia-Ur-Rahman Madani (TAi.102), Abdul Salam Hanafi Ali Mardan Qul (TAi.027), Shahabuddin Delawar (TAi.113), Abdul Latif Mansur (TAi.007), Amir Khan Motaqi (TAi.026), Abdul-Haq Wassiq (TAi.082), Khairullah Khairkhwah (TAi.093), Nurullah Nuri (TAi.089), Fazl Mohammad Mazloom (TAi.023), Abdul Kabir Mohammad Jan (TAi.003), Din Mohammad Hanif…

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Omicron: Thailand Restricts Direct Entry, Indians Can Only Travel Via Phuket

After Singapore, Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) ordered a temporary suspension of the Thailand pass for all new ‘test and go’ and Sandbox applications from 22 December 2021, citing the rising number of Omicron variant cases in the country. Sandbox plan is a new model that allows travellers who are fully vaccinated to enter Thailand without quarantine. However, due to these new restrictions, travellers will be able to travel to Thailand only via Phuket. Since Phuket has not yet imposed restrictions, it will be open for Indian travellers under the Phuket Sandbox scheme. Under this scheme, travellers will only need to do a PCR test and wait in the hotel until the result is received. If test negative, they will be able to move around in Phuket. The second RT PCR test will be done on the fifth or the sixth day…

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Omicron Surge: Singapore To Freeze Flight Ticket Sales Under Quarantine-Free Travel Programme

Amid concerns over a surge in Omicron variant of coronavirus, Singapore on Wednesday said it will freeze new ticket sales for flights and buses under its programme for quarantine-free travel into the city-state from December 23 to January 20. Under the vaccinated travel lane programme, Singapore allows quarantine-free entry from some countries to fully vaccinated travellers, who also have to do regular testing. “With effect from 22 December 2021, 2359hrs (SGT), there will be no new ticket sales for designated VTL (Air) flights for entry into Singapore from all VTL countries until 20 January 2022, 2359hrs (SGT),” Immigration and Checkpoints Authority announced. Travellers who have booked a ticket on a VTL (Air) flight before December 22 will continue to be allowed to enter Singapore, provided they meet all VTL (Air) conditions. Travellers entering Singapore under the VTL scheme do not have to serve a…

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Christmas & New Year Travel On High Alert, Lockdowns Renew As Omicron Spreads

New Zealand delayed the planned reopening of its international border because of the sweeping spread of Omicron around the world on Tuesday, as several other countries re-imposed social distancing measures. Many nations are on high alert just days ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations, as the latest health crisis also takes a toll on financial markets, which fear the impact on the global economic recovery. Omicron infections are multiplying rapidly across Europe, the United States and Asia, including in Japan where a single cluster at a military base has grown to at least 180 cases. New Zealand Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said his country, which imposed some of the world’s toughest Covid-19 measures, was delaying the start of a planned staggered reopening of its border until the end of February. The government had previously said quarantine-free travel would reopen by mid-January for New Zealand citizens and…

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Thailand Eyes Reinstating Quarantine As First Local Omicron Case Reported

Thailand is considering reinstating mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors due to concerns over the spread of Omicron, as the health ministry reported on Monday the country’s first case of local transmission of the coronavirus variant. The public health ministry will propose scrapping a quarantine waiver for vaccinated visitors and revert to hotel quarantine and a “sandbox” programme, which allows free movement in specific locations, minister Anutin Charnvirakul said. The proposal was driven by worries over the spread of Omicron, Anutin told the Inside Thailand television show, adding it will be made to the government’s Covid-19 taskforce “soon”. The minister’s remarks come after Thailand reopened to foreign visitors in November, ending nearly 18 months of strict entry policies that contributed to a collapse in tourism, a key industry and economic driver that drew 40 million visitors in 2019. Thailand had detected 63 people infected with the…

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Germany Includes UK In High-Risk Category, Travel To Be Restricted Starting Monday

Germany has included the United Kingdom in the high risk category amid the spread of Omicron and will introduce a temporary ban on almost all travellers arriving from the UK to Germany, the Robert Koch Institute said in a risk list update. “The classification of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland incl. all British Overseas Territories, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands as an area of variants of concern is effective as of 20 December 2021 at 0:00 a.m. [23:00 GMT on Sunday],” the Robert Koch Institute said on Saturday. The temporary ban will be effective until at least January 3, 2022. Travellers who are allowed to enter Germany despite the ban, such as German citizens, will be required to undergo PCR testing and will be subject to a mandatory quarantine. “Please be aware of the 14-day quarantine requirement, which…

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Mexico To Impose Visa Requirements On Venezuelan Visitors

Mexico will impose visa requirements on Venezuelan visitors, the interior ministry said on Friday, as the country attempts to stem a jump in the number of people from the South American nation trying to enter the United States illegally. Setting out its reasons, the ministry said in a document published online it had detected a “substantial increase” in Venezuelans entering Mexico for reasons other than tourism, pointing to “irregular transit to a third country.” Reuters last month reported Mexico was considering steps to impose tougher entry requirements on Venezuelans, partly in response to requests from the United States, which is dealing with record numbers of migrants at its southern border. The ministry said that the visa requirements would take effect 15 days after the notification was published in the government’s official gazette, a step which is still pending.

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Vervotech Mappings & FCM Travel India Team Up To Bolster Travel Accommodation Industry

Vervotech , a pioneer in Hotel mapping and Room mapping, and FCM , a global travel management company, announced a new strategic partnership to deliver unified hotel content and accelerate the travel business as a whole. Currently, the adversity of accommodation space is poorly mapped content. Vervotech plays a significant role in bridging the growing gap between travel enterprises and customers. Through this partnership, Vervotech will deliver its highly accurate hotel mapping solutions to FCM. Powered by AI, Vervotech’s hotel mapping solution deduplicates hotel content from multiple suppliers with 99.99% accuracy and is completely agnostic to the source of the hotel content, while providing best-opinionated content to further improvise the end-user experience. Marking the agreement, Rajan B, Senior Director Partnerships at Vervotech, said, “We, as a company, are passionate about what we do. By joining forces with FCM, we empower the travel industry with unified opinionated and…

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Few Tips On How To Be A Sustainable Traveller

If you love the environment and you love to travel, you’ve probably already wondered how you can justify taking those long, CO2-emitting plane rides with a green conscience. Earlier there were no great options for the eco-friendly traveller to get to a place speedily and in an environmentally responsible way. However, now things are certainly changing. So, if you want to respect the environment and take your dream vacation, here are a few tips by Fareportal India’s on how to be a sustainable traveller. CALCULATE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT There are plenty of websites that allow you to calculate your carbon emissions — and then donate the proper amount to offset the impact you’ve made. For Example, Sustainable Travel International, calculates that amount of carbon emissions a passenger generates when they fly from one destination to another depending on the flight distance. The good news…

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Hong Kong Says China Border Plans Still On After Omicron Case

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she doesn’t yet foresee a need to alter plans to reopen the city’s border with the mainland, despite China reporting its first case of the omicron variant.  Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, told reporters at a regular news briefing Tuesday that the officials from the city had met with mainland counterparts in neighbouring Guangdong province to discuss reopening plans. The discussions are continuing despite China’s northern port of Tianjin confirming the country’s first omicron case in an incoming traveller, according to the Global Times newspaper.  “At this moment, I do not see the change to what we are doing in terms of resumption of normal travel into the mainland, as a result of omicron,” Lam told reporters. “But because this variant and the whole situation could be changing very rapidly, so I could provide a no absolute guarantee.” Hong Kong has…

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Omicron: Israel Adds UK, Belgium, Denmark To Travel Ban List

Amid a surge in COVID-19 Omicron variant, Israel on Sunday added the UK, Belgium and Denmark to the travel ban list. Head of Public Health Services Dr Sharon Alroy Preis announced during a press briefing with Health Ministry Nitzan Horowitz and Health Ministry Director-General Prof Nachman Ash that the above-mentioned countries will be labelled as red countries and placed under a travel ban, reported The Jerusalem Post. Israelis cannot travel to red countries unless they obtain special permission and when they come back they must quarantine for at least one week regardless of their immunization status. Currently, some 50 African countries are on the list. The new nations are expected to be added to the group in about 72 hours. During the cabinet’s weekly meeting, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Israel’s goal is to delay the penetration of Omicron. “Two weeks ago, when…

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Turkey Logs Six Omicron Cases

Six cases of the new Omicron coronavirus strain were registered in Turkey, the country’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Saturday. “Six Omicron infections have been registered in Turkey. One case was detected in Istanbul, and five in Ankara,” Koca told reporters. None of those who contracted the disease needs hospitalization, according to the minister. “These are the patients with negligible symptoms, and they are under outpatient observation without any problems,” Koca added. The Omicron strain was first detected in South Africa in late November. The World Health Organization designated the strain as a variant of concern. Amid fears of growing COVID-19 infections, many countries imposed harsher travel restrictions on foreigners arriving from Africa. Despite that, the variant has started to pop up in many countries.

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Omicron: India Removes Singapore From List Of ‘At Risk’ Nations

Singapore has been taken off from the list of “at-risk” nations, from where travellers are required to follow additional measures on arrival including post-arrival testing. As per the reports, the current list of “at-risk” countries now comprises countries in Europe including the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, China, New Zealand, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Israel, and Hong Kong. This move comes as Omicron has been reported in 57 countries, and the World Health Organization (WHO) expects the number to continue growing. As per the latest government travel guidelines, passengers travelling from the said countries are required to undergo an RT-PCR test on arrival in India, and will be further required to wait for the test results in the airport. The travellers would also need to follow additional measures on arrival in the country. The additional measures include seven days of home quarantine, which will be further followed up…

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Greece Lifts Travel Restrictions For Tourists From India

The Global Visa Center World (GVCW) has announced that Indian citizens and residents of India can now enter Greece following the Covid-19 testing protocol as a precautionary measure against the pandemic. According to the latest regulations, limited categories of visitors are now allowed to enter Greece, including: 1) Citizens of the EU & Schengen Area countries. 2) Residents of a limited number of third countries, including residents of India. Expressing their joy on the re-opening of Greece to tourists from India after approximately 21 months, DuDigital Global and GVCW, which jointly operate the Visa Application centres in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka state, “You can now apply for short stay visa (C- Visa category) at GVCW application centres in New Delhi and Mumbai on Mondays and Wednesdays.” New Delhi Visa Application Centre: Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Concourse Level Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place…

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Omicron: Gujarat Travel Guidelines For International & Domestic Passengers

Omicron, the latest variant of COVID-19, has been reported from various parts of India. The variant can have serious public health implications for the country due to a significantly high number of mutations. A 72-year-old man from Gujarat was confirmed to be affected by the new coronavirus variant Omicron by the health authorities. The elderly man, who was found to have “mild symptoms”, travelled from Zimbabwe to Jamnagar. The person has isolated himself and is living in a micro-containment zone. The rising concern around Omicron has prompted several states to revise the travel restrictions. Here are the travel guidelines, international as well as domestic, to be followed for passengers arriving in Gujarat. International Passengers: — Thermal Screening upon arrival is a must. The self-declaration form should be duly filled and shown by the passengers. — For flyers travelling from high-risk countries, a test on arrival is…

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Italy Tightens Restrictions For Unvaccinated Travellers: Covid-19

In a bid to control the spread of COVID-19, Italy has tightened curbs on unvaccinated travellers. Such travellers will have limited access to several places and services. The discovery of the Omicron has made things difficult for the tourism sector everywhere. But in Italy, the number of COVID-19 cases have been on a rise. The new guidelines introduced by Italy allow only fully vaccinated people or those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 to access indoor seating at bars and restaurants. Only such people are allowed to visit museums in the country or go to cinemas and clubs. Unvaccinated people will get a basic green health pass after testing negative for COVID-19 in PCR test taken within the past 48 hours. The country police have also started enforcing the various measures from the early hours. If anyone is caught travelling without a health certificate…

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Putin: People Vaccinated With Sputnik V Should Not Be Deprived Of Right To Travel

People vaccinated with Russia’s coronavirus vaccines Sputnik V should not be deprived of the right to travel around the world, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday. “We have to make sure that the people who are vaccinated with Sputnik V, just like those vaccinated with other vaccines, have the opportunity to travel around the world without worry,” Putin said during a meeting with the president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Francesco Rocca. The president added that the Russian authorities “also hope for your support to guarantee this promotion of our vaccine” and that Russia should receive the WHO certificate for the vaccine as soon as possible to spread it more widely around the world. Putin also mentioned that the results of the analysis of the vaccine’s use in foreign countries showed that it is among the…

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Omicron: Japan To Add India & More Under Strict Quarantine Vigilance

In an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 variant Omicron, Japan will add India, Greece, Romania and four US states under strict quarantine vigilance. Japanese nationals and foreign residents travelling to Japan from India, Greece, Romania and four US states will have to undergo stringent quarantine regulations Sunday onwards, in order to control the spread of the Omicron variant, reported Kyodo news. While, foreign residents, as well as Japanese nationals travelling from Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota and New York to Japan, will have to mandatorily spend three days of their two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities, reported Kyodo News. With emerging Omicron cases in the country and to curb the further spread, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno on Friday announced the expansion of the list addressing a press conference. A government task force made the decision to control the increasing number of new variant cases in Japan. The list…

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J & K Announces Travel Advisory For Tourists Coming From At-Risk Countries

Jammu and Kashmir received 1.27 lakh tourists in November, and 97000 tourists in October, highest in the last seven years. Now the Union Territory has announced a travel advisory for international tourists coming in from at-risk countries. According to the new guidelines, those travellers who test negative at the Srinagar airport, will have to go under home quarantine. According to the travel advisory, this home quarantine will last for seven days, with a follow up covid negative test after the eight day. Travellers have also been advised to monitor themselves for at least two weeks. Since the outbreak of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to apply the rule of Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate in order to ensure stringent implementation of containment measures. Furthermore, travellers who test positive for the virus, will be sent to an institutional quarantine, and receive treatment. The…

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CM Baghel: Ban Air Travel Where Omicron Variant Is Spreading

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday said that air travel should be banned between India and the countries where the Omicron variant is spreading. Speaking to reporters, CM Baghel said, “Air travel should be banned between India and the countries where the Omicron variant is spreading. Otherwise, the passengers coming from these countries to India will spread the virus in the country.” The chief minister said, “Safety lies in prevention. We need to maintain hygiene around us. We should regularly wash our hands and ensure cleanliness.”

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India Revises Rules For International Arrivals Over Omicron

Starting Wednesday, a new set of rules will come into effect for international travellers arriving in the country. The rules have been revised in view of the rising concerns over the emergence of the new coronavirus variant, named ‘Omicron’, that has been termed as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Among the latest guidelines, the Union health ministry has mandated RT-PCR test passengers arriving from ‘at-risk’ nations’. According to the health ministry, the countries designated as “at-risk” are the European countries, including the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel. Here are the key points to know: > According to the new guidelines, passengers arriving in India are required to submit the self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha Portal before the scheduled travel. They are also required to submit the last…

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Israel, Japan Shut Their Borders To Foreign Travellers Amid Omicron Scare

Israel has become the first country in the world to shut its borders for foreign travellers owing to the Omicron scare. Soon after, Japan followed suit and barred foreign travellers from entering into the country. A number of countries have reported confirmed or suspected cases of the Omicron, the new variant of COVID-19. The new variant has already been discovered in Australia, Botswana, Britain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands and Scotland. Israel has not only banned entry of foreigners but has also made quarantine for all Israelis arriving from abroad mandatory. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, “Restrictions on the country’s borders is not an easy step, but it’s a temporary and necessary step.” The government of Japan also said that they would shut its borders to foreigners amid rising cases of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus. Japanese…

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Government Issues New Guidelines From ‘At-Risk’ Nations Amid Omicron Scare

Omicron (B.1.1.529), a new variant of Coronavirus, has left the world scared once again. The new variant has been detected in South Africa, Brazil, UK, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel. Though India has not reported any cases of the new variant yet, the country is taking all the precautions to avoid another wave.New guidelines The Indian health ministry had proposed to resume international flights on December 15 but on Sunday, the government issued some new guidelines for foreign travellers making the RT-PCR test mandatory for those coming from COVID ‘at-risk countries’ on arrival at the airport. The COVID report should be authentic, in case of manipulated reports, the passenger will be liable for criminal prosecution. Those who test positive will immediately be isolated and their samples would be sent further for genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network. For those testing…

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Israel To Ban Entry Of Foreigners From All Countries Over Omicron

Israel on Saturday said it would ban the entry of all foreigners into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in response to a new and potentially more contagious coronavirus variant, and said it would use counter-terrorism phone-tracking technology in order to contain the spread of the Omicron variant. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement that the ban, pending government approval, would last 14 days. Officials hope that within that period there will be more information on how effective Covid-19 vaccines are against Omicron, which was first detected in South Africa and has been dubbed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation. “Our working hypotheses are that the variant is already in nearly every country,” Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked told N12’s “Meet the Press,” “and that the vaccine is effective, although we don’t yet know to what degree.” Israelis…

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Australia Imposes Curbs For Travellers From Virus-Hit Southern Africa

Australia imposed new restrictions on Saturday on people who have been to nine southern African countries, as the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 raises concerns about another wave of the pandemic. The countries are South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, the Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique. Effective immediately, the government will ban non-citizens who have been in those countries from entering and will require supervised 14-day quarantines for Australian citizens and their dependents returning from the countries, said Health Minister Greg Hunt. These restrictions also apply to people such as international students and skilled migrants arriving from countries with which Australia has travel bubbles, who have been in any of the nine countries within the past 14 days. “If the medical evidence shows that further actions are required, we will not hesitate to take them. And that may involve strengthening or expanding the restrictions,”…

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India to resume international flights from December 15

New Delhi [India]: India will resume scheduled regular international flights from December 15, nearly 20 months after these flights were suspended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had suspended operations of scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India with effect from March 23, 2020, due to COVID-19.“The matters of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services to/from India has been examined in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and it has been decided that scheduled commercial international passenger services to/from India may be resumed from 15.12.2021,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in an order. For the resumptions of flights, the countries have been categorised into three categories with separate capacity restrictions. The categorisation has been done based on the…

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Thailand Sees Slow Tourism Recovery After A Month Of Reopening

Thailand was among the first countries in Asia to reopen for foreign arrivals, and it is seeing a slow recovery, including new hotels touting longer stays for individual travellers. In the first 10 months of 2021, Thailand saw 106,117 foreign tourists, a drop from 6.7 million in 2020. Before the pandemic, Thailand saw about 40 million visitors a year. Hospitality firms like Asset World Corporation Pcl, which opened its 19th property this month, saw the majority of its bookings come from Western countries and the Middle East. “About 70% of total bookings came from Europe, including Germany, UK, Scandinavian countries, followed by the US, Middle East, and Asia,” chief executive Wallapa Traisorat told Reuters, adding that domestic travel helped. “For November, we should see 30% occupancy, and in the fourth quarter we hope to see better momentum from the reopening.” Thailand, one of the region’s most…

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New Zealand Will Not Reopen To Foreigners For Atleast 5 months

New Zealand said Wednesday it will not reopen to foreign travellers for at least another five months, as it slowly relaxes some of the world’s toughest pandemic border restrictions. The Pacific nation’s Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said New Zealanders stranded in Australia could return home from mid-January and Kiwis travelling from elsewhere would be allowed in a month later. But foreign nationals must wait until the end of April under the blueprint for a phased reopening unveiled Wednesday. “We acknowledge it’s been tough, but the end of heavily restricted travel is now in sight,” Hipkins told reporters. New Zealand closed its borders in March last year, requiring all international arrivals to undergo two weeks of hotel quarantine, a period that was recently cut to seven days. Hipkins said under the new regime, travellers would self isolate for seven days provided they were fully vaccinated and passed a series of…

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US Issues ‘Do Not Travel’ Warning For Denmark & Germany

In a recent travel update, the USA has issued a ‘Do Not Travel’ warning for Germany and Denmark as the COVID-19 cases have increased in the countries. It’s an important move to put a cap on the fast spreading COVID-19 virus further. The US health body, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department made the announcement on Monday and advised people against visiting Germany and Denmark. The US has marked the two countries in its “Level Four: Very High” list. The State Department issued “Do Not Travel” advisories for both countries. As of now, the CDC has a list of some 75 destinations across the globe at Level Four. The list includes several nations in Europe, including Britain, Norway, Belgium, Greece, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland and the Czech Republic. The World Health Organization (WHO) some days back had said that European nations must work harder to stop the…

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Vietnam’s Island Phu Quoc Welcomes First Tourists After Nearly 2 Years

Two hundred vaccinated foreign tourists arrived in Vietnam’s beach-fringed island of Phu Quoc on Saturday, the first wave of visitors to the country in nearly two years as it seeks to resurrect its pandemic-ravaged tourism economy. Vietnam imposed tight border controls at the start of the pandemic in an effort to keep out Covid-19, with some initial success, but that harmed its burgeoning tourism sector, which typically accounts for about 10 per cent of gross domestic product. Vaccinated tourists now do not have to undergo mandatory two-week quarantine, according to the authorities, but are required to enjoy their holiday only inside the mega complex resort Vinpearl and will be tested twice during their trip. “This is the first and vital step to revive our tourism sector and to prepare for the full resumption next year,” Nguyen Trung Khanh, chairman of the country’s tourism administration said in statement.…

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Australia Welcomes Students Amid Travel Bubble With Singapore

Fully vaccinated travellers from Singapore are now allowed into Melbourne or Sydney without the need to quarantine – part of Australia’s gradual reopening of its borders that began this month. Australia closed its international borders in March 2020 to curb the spread of Covid-19. Catriona Jackson, chief executive of Universities Australia, which represents 39 universities, said the flights from Singapore saw the first international students enter Australia since small numbers returned in November last year. “We understand these initial numbers are small, but they are a clear signal of the intent to allow many more students to return to classes and our communities soon,” Jackson said. There are about 130,000 international students remaining outside Australia, she added. Before the pandemic, international students made up 21% of Australia’s tertiary education students, compared to 6% on average across countries that are members of the Organisation for…

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Turkey’s Tourism Agencies Launches Early Booking Campaign For 2022

Turkey’s tourism agencies launched on Friday an early booking campaign “at attractive and affordable prices” for the 2022 tourism season. The announcement came at a tourism congress organized by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) in Turkey’s Mediterranean Antalya province. Firuz Baglikaya, head of TURSAB, said at the congress that the campaign would be valid for a wide range of tourism forms and not only sea-sand-sun tourism, which has been the dominant type of tourism in Turkey. Mert Vardar, CEO of Jolly Tour, said that Turkey’s domestic market would get many benefits from the campaign, as the expectations for 2022 in terms of attracting foreign tourists are much higher than this year. Kaan Karayal, head of Tatilsepeti.com, an online booking system, said early reservation had lost its popularity amid the pandemic for two years, but now it has become important again. The discounted…

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New Zealand Approves Covishield & Covaxin

In a recent development, New Zealand has finally approved India-made vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin. The decision comes soon after Australia, New Zealand’s neighbour, recognised the two Indian vaccines last month. This means that Indian travellers vaccinated with these vaccines will not have to quarantine upon landing in New Zealand. Till now, the island nation has approved eight vaccines. Also, both the vaccines have been recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO). The good news was shared by India’s high commissioner to New Zealand, Muktesh Pardeshi. He took to Twitter and tweeted, “In a positive decision, NZ includes #covishield and #covaxin in the list of 8 recognised vaccines. We keenly await lifting of travel restrictions. India is already open to vaccinated tourists”. Meanwhile, India has mutual vaccination certificates agreement with 99 countries in the world, including the US, UK, UAE, Qatar, France and Germany, among others. The country, for the first time since…

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Times Square To Welcome Fully Vaccinated People On New Year’s Eve

New York City’s Times Square will once again fill with revellers ringing in the new year on December 31, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday, but only if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Last year, the still-raging coronavirus pandemic allowed only a handful of invited guests, including essential workers, to witness in person the dropping of the iconic New Year’s Eve ball, signalling the start of the new year. “We can finally get back together again,” de Blasio told reporters, touting New York City’s recovery after more than a year of pandemic hardship. “It’s going to be amazing, it’s going to be a joy for this city.” Visitors to the area will be asked to provide proof of vaccination and a valid photo ID, de Blasio said. Security checkpoints will be in place to check documentation of those seeking to enter Times Square for the festivities. “We…

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Goa Police To Step Up Vigilance Along Beaches

The Goa Police have decided to step up vigilance in the state, especially to thwart harassment of domestic and international tourists, said the police on Monday. With Covid-19 cases falling in the state, leading to relaxation in the protocols, the tourists have started thronging the Goa beaches. North Goa Superintendent of Police (SP) Shobhit Saxena told ANI, “The Goa police have begun booking miscreants and touts who are involved in targeting and cheating tourists.” He said that the police have been deployed across Goa beaches to check harassment complaints of tourists and help them. He also said that the police are keeping a close watch on foreigners who are staying illegally in Goa. “We have also conducted a full foreigner survey to see who are staying here illegally. We are trying to identify them and take action against them. Moreover, there is a surge…

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India Reopens To Vaccinated Foreign Travellers

India began on Monday allowing fully vaccinated foreign tourists to enter the country on regular commercial flights, in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions as infections fall and vaccinations rise. Tourists entering India must be fully vaccinated, follow all Covid-19 protocols and test negative for the virus within 72 hours of their flight, according to the health ministry. Many will also need to undergo a post-arrival Covid-19 test at the airport. However, travellers from countries which have agreements with India for mutual recognition of vaccination certificates, such as the U.S., U.K. and many European nations, can leave the airport without undergoing a Covid-19 test. This is the first time India has allowed foreign tourists on commercial flights to enter the country since March 2020, when it imposed one of the toughest lockdowns in the world in an attempt to contain the pandemic. Fully vaccinated…

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Netherlands Imposes Partial Lockdown

As Europe deals with a fresh outbreak of the COVID 19 virus, Netherlands goes into a partial lockdown. Many countries in the European Union are reporting a rise in the number of cases, and it is certainly a worrying trend. Netherland’s Caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the restrictions that were thought to have ended for good are now being reimposed. Fresh restrictions are being reimposed in the Netherlands for a period of three weeks. On Saturday, the Dutch government asked restaurants and shops to close early, marking the beginning of this fresh lockdown. Netherlands has further further asked supermarkets and all non-essential retailers to close earlier, while social distancing has been re-imposed. The government in the Netherlands has further announced that spectators are not allowed to watch sporting events during this time. Furthermore, the government has announced that homes will not have more than four visitors, which is…

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European Countries Where Indians Can Travel Now

India is looking to increase the number of international flights operating to and from the country in the upcoming week. With the country having administered over 100 crore doses, and 85 per cent of its eligible population receiving at least one dose of the vaccine, Indian officials are in talks with domestic and international airlines as well as other countries to increase its flight capacity under travel bubbles, senior officials told MoneyControl. Currently, there are some European countries where travel is open to and from India, albeit with some guidelines and restrictions, which are still in place due to COVID-19. The European countries where Indians can travel now are: FRANCE India has created an air bubble arrangement with France. Indian and French carriers are now permitted to operate services between India and France and carry the following categories of persons on such flights: From India to…

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Philippines’ Travel Bubble With South Korea To Revive Its Pandemic-Hit Tourism

The Philippines is banking on its returning citizens and a planned travel bubble with South Korea to revive its pandemic-hit tourism sector, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on Thursday, as the Southeast Asian country remains closed to visitors. It is in talks with its top market South Korea to welcome tourists on board chartered flights, Puyat said in an interview with Bloomberg TV’s David Ingles. The two countries are ironing out quarantine requirements for these tourists upon return to South Korea, she said. The Philippines also plans to further ease quarantine rules for returning citizens who can also help boost domestic travel, Puyat said. Domestic tourism, which has driven the sector even pre-pandemic, has shown signs of revival, with travellers from the capital now visiting tourist spots as movement curbs are eased and vaccines are rolled out, she said. Lagging its neighbours in easing travel curbs, the Philippines…

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Greece Meets Tourism Target, Prepares For Next Year

In the last week of October, Amalia Delakis and her son Dimitris of Kriti Plus car rental, located near the Old Port of Chania on Crete, were finally taking a breather after a busier than expected season. “Last year was a very difficult period and most of the small businesses didn’t know if they would survive,” Amalia told DW. “Basically, this year, everyone came at once: in July, August and September and into October. Most companies didn’t have enough cars to support the big influx of people all arriving at the same time.” The family suspects they were busier in part due to tourists’ hesitancy to take public transportation in the midst of the pandemic and the fact that many other countries remained closed to tourists such as Turkey, the USA and Thailand. After much uncertainty about what the 2021 tourism season would bring, Greece…

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UK To Recognise Covaxin For Inbound Travel From November 22

The UK will recognise India’s Covaxin jab as an approved Covid-19 vaccine for inbound travel from November 22, a move that is expected to benefit thousands of travellers from India. Britain announced on Monday that it is adding Covaxin and China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm Beijing vaccines to its list of approved vaccines following their “emergency-use listing” by the World Health Organization (WHO). Around one billion doses of these three Covid-19 vaccines have been delivered worldwide. The WHO issued an emergency-use listing for Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech, on November 3 and added the jab to a growing portfolio of vaccines validated by the health body for preventing Covid-19. The listing followed an assessment of the quality, safety and efficacy of the vaccine and allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval for the jab. The UK also began recognising Covishield, the Indian version of…

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Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri Closes For Devotees

Now that the winter has arrived, the doors of Gangotri Dham, Kedarnath and Yamunotri have been closed for devotees. The news was announced by the Uttarakhand Chardham Devasthanam Management Board. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri together are known as Char Dham. Rajesh Semwal, Gangotri Mandir Samiti co-secretary said, the gates of the temple were shuttered at 11.45 AM and the statue of Goddess Ganga was taken to the Mukhba village, which is her winter home. This year, Gangotri recorded more than 32948 pilgrims amid COVID-19 restrictions. Board member Dr Harish Gaur informed, “The doors of the Tritiya (third) Kedar Shri Tungnath Temple will close on October 30 and Dwitiya (second) Kedar Shri Madmaheshwar Temple on November 22 for winter. Shri Madmaheshwar Fair will be held on November 25”. Earlier board members have informed that on November 5 Shri Gangotri Dham will shut down followed by Kedarnath and Yamunotri on November 6.…

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Sydney To Further Ease Covid-19 Curbs On Monday As Vaccinations Pick Up

Australia’s largest city of Sydney will further ease social distancing curbs on Monday, a month after emerging from a coronavirus lockdown that lasted nearly 100 days, as close to 90% of people have got both doses of vaccine, officials said. Although limited to people who are fully inoculated, the relaxation in the state of New South Wales, home to Sydney, lifts limits on house guests or outdoor gatherings, among other measures. “We’re leading the nation out of the pandemic,” said state premier Dominic Perrottet, as he called for a “final push” to reach, and even surpass, a milestone of 95% vaccinations. Several hundred people held an anti-vaccine protest on Sunday in the state’s capital of Sydney, but such opposition is slight in Australia, where polls show vaccination opponents number in the single digits. The South-eastern state of Victoria recorded the majority of Australia’s 1,417 new coronavirus…

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Goa To Welcome First Chartered Flight Of Tourist Season

After a nearly a year, the first chartered flight of the season will arrive in Goa from the UK on December 13, ending a lull in the international tourism sector since the Covid-19 outbreak, a senior official said on Saturday. Four chartered flights will fly to Goa every week from the UK starting December, two each from Gatwick and Manchester Airports, said Nilesh Shah, the president of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG).  The operations of chartered flights were shut down last year following the viral outbreak, and the season of 2019-20 was also washed out due to the pandemic, Shah said. The tourism industry was expecting good response from the Russian market, but due to the Covid-19 wave in their country, the arrivals may be delayed, he said.  Before the pandemic, Goa used to receive around 1,000 chartered flights during the tourist season, which…

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Spain Sees A Reactivation Of International Tourism Due To High Vaccination Level

International travel to Spain is recovering fast and could allow the tourism-dependent nation to reach pre-pandemic foreign visitor levels by 2022, the government said on Wednesday after data showed a sharp rise in September arrivals. The number of foreign tourists visiting Spain more than quadrupled in September from a year ago to nearly 4.7 million, data from the National Statistics Office showed, as widespread vaccination and looser travel restrictions enticed back more visitors. “These data confirm a reactivation of international tourism is underway and that in 2022 we could recover pre-pandemic levels,” Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said in a statement. Maroto cited Spain’s natural tourist attractions and its high level of vaccination – around 80% of the population – as driving forces behind the recovery. She had said in the past foreign tourism would be half pre-pandemic level in 2021 up from less than 20% in 2020. Unlike…

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Shimla Sees High Tourist Footfall During Festive Season

The footfall of tourists has increased in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh and particularly its capital Shimla during the Diwali festival season. The rush of tourists is such that the Kalka-Shimla trains are fully occupied and the tourists are rushing to hills to spend holidays. Buses and private vehicles are also being used by tourists as means to arrive in Shimla. This has surely given a reason to rejoice to the local travel and tourism business units. They expect this great footfall to translate into great business and revenue in days to come. Tourism has been the backbone of the state’s economy. After a long economic setback due to Covid-19 and consequent lockdowns and curfews, the inflow of tourists has increased hope of revival of tourism in the state. Lockdowns had put the tourism sector to a long halt, causing heavy losses to…

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Australia To Allow Quarantine-Free Travel For Travellers From Singapore

Australia will let fully-vaccinated travellers coming from Singapore to enter the states of New South Wales and Victoria without having to quarantine from Nov. 21. The move follows Singapore announcing on Oct. 26 that it would allow quarantine-free entry for visitors arriving from Australia as well as Switzerland from Nov. 8, adding to a list of about 10 countries with which it has so-called vaccinated travel lanes.  “Singapore is the second country after New Zealand that Australia is opening up to,” Singapore Transport Minister S. Iswaran wrote on Facebook. “This is a significant move. Families and loved ones can reunite, students can resume their studies, and businesspeople and tourists can once again travel.” Thailand’s Big Reopening Set to Test Pandemic-Era Tourism Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also wrote about the Australian plan on his Facebook account, saying it was particularly good news for Singaporean students…

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Australia Reopens To Fully Vaccinated Tourists From New Zealand

Australia has further loosened its tight border controls, with fully vaccinated tourists arriving from New Zealand permitted to fly there without quarantining starting from late Sunday evening. Quarantine-free travel will initially be limited to those arriving in New South Wales and Victoria, the two jurisdictions that have scrapped the isolation requirement for vaccinated international travellers.  “Australia’s rapidly increasing vaccination coverage has put us in good stead to take the next steps in reopening our borders to the world,” Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said in a statement. Easing restrictions for one of its closest neighbours is expected be a major boost for Australia’s tourism sector after strict travel bans were introduced 19 months ago to stem the spread of Covid-19. “The resumption of quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia is another important marker on our road to recovery,” Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said…

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India Extends Ban On Scheduled International Flights Till November 30

India has now once again extended a ban on international flights till November 30. This was announced by the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently. Earlier last month, the DGCA extended the ban till October 31. Like the previous order, the DGCA will not be restricting international all-cargo operations and flights that have been specifically approved by DGCA. As reported earlier, India reopened for tourists earlier this month. Starting October 15, India started granting fresh tourist visas to foreigners. Further, the Union Home Ministry earlier announced that foreign tourists will be allowed to enter the country by flights other than chartered aircraft starting November 15. The MHA informed that the said move was taken to provide a boost to the slumping tourism sector and help the economic recovery. Reports have it that the aviation and tourism sector were among the largest casualties of the Covid-19…

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New Zealand Eases Quarantine But Won’t Welcome Tourists Yet

New Zealand officials said Thursday they will gradually loosen their border quarantine requirements, which have been among the toughest in the world throughout the pandemic. But while the changes will make it easier for New Zealanders stranded abroad to return home, officials gave no date for when tourists might be welcomed back. That change is likely still months away. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said that from next month, most people arriving in New Zealand would need to spend seven days in a quarantine hotel run by the military, half the previous requirement. He said some new arrivals from low-risk Pacific island countries could skip quarantine altogether and isolate at home. He said the new rules were an interim step ahead of broader reopening measures that would be gradually introduced once more than 90 per cent of New Zealanders aged 12 and over were fully vaccinated. So far,…

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Cambodia To Reopen In Several Stages To Fully Vaccinated Tourists

Cambodia’s government announced plans Tuesday to reopen the country in several stages to fully vaccinated foreign tourists starting from the end of next month. The program beginning November 30 will allow visitors who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to skip being quarantined if they stay at least five days in designated areas, the Tourism Ministry announced. The first such areas are two seaside provinces, Sihanoukville and Koh Kong, on the Gulf of Thailand. On arrival, visitors must show proof they have been vaccinated and take a rapid results test for Covid-19. They can proceed without quarantine if the results are negative. Siem Reap province, home to the famous Angkor temples, is to be added to the quarantine-free province list in January. Other destinations will then be added if the program is judged successful, with the entire country opening up when the coronavirus is…

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US To Lift Travel Restrictions For Fully Vaccinated Travellers From November 8

Fully vaccinated people can now travel to the United States as the country has announced lifting restrictions from November 8. President Joe Biden on Monday signed a presidential proclamation detailing the country’s new international travel rules, which will replace the patchwork of blanket bans that have been in place since the beginning of the pandemic. The new travel guidelines will end the US travel ban that has been in place for dozens of countries, including India, due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the new order has made the entry of unvaccinated noncitizen nonimmigrants in the US difficult. Here’s what the advisory states: With few exceptions, foreign nationals with only vaccinations approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization will be allowed to board planes to the US For anyone travelling to the United States who cannot demonstrate proof of full…

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India To Lift Quarantine Requirement For International Travellers From Today

Fully vaccinated travellers, who are coming from a country with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of World Health Organization (WHO) approved Covid-19 vaccines, shall be allowed to leave the airport and need not undergo home quarantine and testing from Monday, according to the revised guidelines for international arrivals released on Wednesday. They will, however, have to produce a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR report. These guidelines for international arrivals supersede all others issued on and after February 17 this year, the Union health ministry has said. “The global trajectory of Covid-19 pandemic continues to decline with certain regional variations. The need to monitor the continuously changing nature of virus and the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs) must still remain in focus,” the ministry said. “The existing guidelines (issued on 17th February 2021 with subsequent addendums) for international arrivals in India have…

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Go First To Launch Direct Flights From Srinagar To Sharjah

The first international flight services from Srinagar to Sharjah flagged off by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday will enhance the economic bonds between India and UAE, said Srinagar Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu. Speaking to ANI, Mattu said, “It is a big milestone. It is the very first international flight connecting two regions, which have deep cultural, social and hopefully will have economic bonds too. This will boost the tourism too, people from the Middle east can visit easily now.” “This will give a boost in the tourism sector. The government is taking a good step towards the welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The youth are also very happy with this decision, ” said a passenger. Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off the first international flight services from Srinagar to Sharjah on Saturday. India’s low-cost airline Go First on Saturday became the first…

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Israel To Welcome Fully Vaccinated International Tourists

The government of Israel has announced plans to welcome fully vaccinated overseas tourists from November 1, 2021. According to a plan drafted by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office and tourism and health ministries, the country will allow fully vaccinated tourists to enter and explore the nation. As of now, those tourists completely inoculated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, or Sinopharm vaccines will only be allowed to enter the country. Also those recently recovered from COVID-19 will also be allowed to enter the country if they had received a booster dose of a vaccine approved by the WHO. But the government also cleared that tourists from red list countries (high infection rates) won’t be allowed to enter. Also tourists won’t be allowed from those nations which are facing an outbreak of the new AY4.2 variant. Health officials informed that on Thursday five cases of AY4.2 were…

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Thailand Prepares Airports For Quarantine-Free Travellers

Thai government officials on Wednesday inspected the readiness of the country’s airports to welcome quarantine-free travellers, due to return next month after almost two years of strict Covid-19 rules that halted vital tourism. From Nov. 1, the country will allow vaccinated arrivals from low risk countries to return to its popular destinations like Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Tourism before the pandemic was a leading driver of the economy, accounting for 12% of GDP. But the tourism authority has forecast foreign arrivals will drop to just 100,000 this year, down from 40 million in 2019 before the pandemic struck. “November 1 is the first step,” Transport Minister Saksiam Chidchob said during a visit to Bangkok’s Don Muang airport on Wednesday. “Foreign tourists and investors from at least 10 countries which are in health-safe zones, as well as doing great financially, can come to visit and spend in…

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Goa Wants ‘Rich Tourist’ Says Tourism Minister

Goa’s Tourism Minister has commented about the type of tourist that Goa expects to have. According to him, Goa wants the richest tourists, and not those who cook food in buses. The minister further said that tourists who ruin the beauty of Goa, and consume drugs are not welcomed here. He further stressed on the fact that Goa is open for all tourists, however, all tourists must respect the culture of Goa. Goa, which is one of the most coveted destinations in the country, is seeing a surge in budget tourists. It has been noted that many tourists are hiring buses and cooking food along the roads, and in tourism areas. The government took a decision to ban cooking in public, and has declared it an offence. The minister said, “We do not want tourists who consume drugs. We do not want tourists who ruin Goa. We do not want…

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Karnataka Government Ends RT-PCR Checks For International Travellers At Airports

In a bid to make travel convenient for all, the government of Karnataka has decided to end RT-PCR checks at airports for international travellers coming to the state. The government made the announcement on Monday and said that the RT-PCR certificates will no longer be checked. All flyers need to do is upload their vaccination certificates on the Air Suvidha portal and airlines will check these before letting passengers board the flights. The decision comes after a huge decline in COVID-19 cases in the state for the first time since March 2020. Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar said checking of RT-PCR reports of international passengers on arrival will now won’t be required. Not only this, the international passengers will not be checked for oxygen saturation levels. However, if someone shows COVID symptoms like cough, fever, cold or breathing difficulties, the same will be checked. Schools have…

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Domestic Flights To Operate At 100% Capacity From Today

Airlines will be running domestic flights without any capacity restrictions starting Monday, according to the revised order by the Union ministry of civil aviation. The order was issued in view of the increase in “passengers’ demand for air travel,” the ministry stated. Since September 18, the carriers were operating at 85 per cent of capacity due to the Covid-19 restrictions. The second wave of the Covid-19 restrictions had forced the airlines to limit domestic flight operations to 50% of their capacity in June. The limitation continued till July, after which it was increased to 65%. The ministry further eased the limit to 72.5% between August 12 and September 18. The order to resume flights operation to 100% capacity was issued on October 12. “It has been decided to restore the scheduled domestic air operation with effect from October 18, 2021, without any capacity restriction,”…

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Sri Lanka To Resume ETA Service For International Travellers At Airports

The Electronic Travel Authorisation service (ETA) at airports in Sri Lanka is now going to resume, according to the government of Sri Lanka. The service is for fully vaccinated international travellers and is a way to make things easier on international travellers. Sri Lanka’s Immigration and Emigration Department Controller General Sarath Rupasiri said that on-arrival ETA would help international travellers who have time constraints and are unable to get an online ETA. According to reports the ETA facility would be available for international arrivals at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota, and at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. The controller general has however made it clear to travel operators that online ETA should be encouraged for incoming travellers so that there aren’t any delays at the airport. The validity of Sri Lanka’s ETA is limited to 30 days, but this can be…

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Kartik Aaryan Is Taking Break In The Midst Of Nature

Kartik Aaryan recently took off to an unnamed location to chill with himself and the pictures coming in from his vacation are soothing our eyes. Amidst the greenery, Kartik can be seen rejuvenating like anything. The actor shared a fresh snippet of his travel diaries on his Instagram profile on Friday. The actor, otherwise, has been sharing sneak peeks of his journey on his Instagram stories and keeping his fans updated with his vacation activities. Kartik is having a lot of fun in his vacation. From going on long drives in his car to spotting monkeys in the forest opposite to his window, Kartik has been chilling like a villain amidst nature. On Friday, Kartik gave us a sneak peek of how he is taking a break in the midst of nature. He shared a set of pictures where he can be seen contemplating with the hills…

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Indonesia’s Bali Reopens To Foreign Tourists, But Lacks International Flights

Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali reopened to foreign tourists after 18 months of pandemic hiatus on Thursday, but the island is lacking one crucial ingredient: international flights. Tourism-reliant Bali is scheduled to reopen on Thursday and though its Ngurah Rai international airport has carried out simulations preparing for tourists to return, it is not expecting much to happen soon. “So far there is no schedule,” said Taufan Yudhistira, a spokesman for the airport. Indonesia’s tight immigration measures during the pandemic have devastated the island, with widespread closures of hotels, shops and businesses. The government is eager to revive Bali’s beleaguered tourism industry in response to a sharp fall in new coronavirus cases since July, when Indonesia was Asia’s Covid-19 epicentre. But details about the reopening, such as visa requirements and which countries they apply to, have so far been patchy. Indonesia only confirmed the…

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No mandatory 10-day quarantine for UK passengers

New Delhi [India] : After the COVID-19 situation the passengers travelling specially from other countries to India were quarantined under safety rules but now the Indian government on Wednesday has withdrawn travel guidelines issued in a tit-for-tat move to the United Kingdom, lifting the mandatory 10-day quarantine for passengers coming from the UK. “Revised guidelines for UK nationals arriving in India issued on October 1, 2021, stand withdrawn, and earlier guidelines on international arrival dated February 17, 2021, shall be applicable for those arriving in India from the UK,” the Ministry of Health said.Last month, London announced the new rules making it mandatory for a 10-day quarantine and RT-PCR test even for fully vaccinated Indians travelling to the UK.Enraged by the move, India in retaliation has imposed reciprocal measures for UK citizens travelling to India on October 1.However, Britain later announced that there would…

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US To Reopen Land Borders In November For Fully Vaccinated

The US will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the Covid-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Vehicle, rail and ferry travel between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to essential travel, such as trade, since the earliest days of the pandemic. The new rules, to be announced Wednesday, will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason for travel starting in early November, when a similar easing of restrictions is set to kick in for air travel into the country. By mid-January, even essential travelers seeking to enter the U.S., like truck drivers, will need to be fully vaccinated. Senior administration officials previewed the new policy late Tuesday on the condition of anonymity to speak…

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India permits to operate domestic airlines with 100 pc capacity from Oct 18

New Delhi [India]: Amidst the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, India has permitted to operate domestic airlines with 100 per cent capacity from October 18. Currently, the seating capacity in airlines is restricted to 85 per cent.The official statement by the Ministry of Civil Aviation said, “After review of the current status of Scheduled Domestic Operations viz-a-viz passenger demand for air travel in terms of the purpose specified in the initial order dated May 21, 2020…it has been decided to restore the scheduled domestic air operations with effect from 18-10-2021 without any capacity restriction.” “The airlines airport operators shall however ensure that the guidelines to contain the spread of COVID are strictly adhered to and COVID appropriate behaviour is strictly enforced by them during the travel,” said an official statement. Earlier today, the Ministry of Civil Aviation circulated a fresh circular to all airlines…

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Bali Surf School Owner Hope Rises As Island Reopens To Travellers From Mid-October

Surf school owner Halfia Londa is pinning all her hopes on Indonesia’s plan to reopen the island of Bali to some foreign tourists from mid-October. Halfia’s business at Kuta Beach is among hundreds of tourist businesses to have been crippled by the Indonesian government’s decision to suspend all international flights to and from the popular island destination from April 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The closure stripped away most of Halfia’s business virtually overnight, plunging her into debt. With very little income, she was evicted from her rented house and has been relying on the generosity of friends to get by. “Just to be able to eat, I have to borrow money,” Halfia said, outside her surfboard rental shack on Kuta Beach. “We try to be economical, we eat twice a day without lunch … we try to always cook what we can eat for at least two…

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Singapore To Reopen Its Border For Vaccinated Visitors From 11 Countries

Singapore will be reopening its border to vaccinated visitors from 11 countries from October 19, however, India has not been included in the list of countries allowed quarantine free entry under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) for now, the country said. Travellers have to be vaccinated with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved jab, its guidelines said. The Singapore government’s VTL scheme covers seven European countries – Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom, Germany – along with United States and Canada. The only Asian country in the list is Brunei. China, India, and Indonesia have not been included so far. In addition to this, vaccinated travellers from South Korea will also be allowed to enter the country from November 15, reported ANI. To avail the VTL scheme travellers have to fly to Singapore in a VTL-designated flight flown by Singapore…

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Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department Organises Garba And Dandiya Night

Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department organised a Garba and Dandiya night in Gulshan Ground, Jammu on Saturday as a part of Navratri celebrations. The event was widely enjoyed by the audience who witnessed performances from various artists. Vivekanand Rai, Director, Tourism (Jammu) said that the festival will help increase tourism and cultural exchange in the Union Territory. “We started the Navratri festival from Katra this year and now we are holding a Garbha and Dandiya night in Jammu. Tourism is increasing, Covid restrictions are over. We will keep doing activities that will increase tourism and public participation. We will also have a Dogra food festival,” Rai told ANI. “Dandiya is from Gujarat but is now known all over the world, including India. Such events will also lead to cultural exchange, interactions of different cultures with each other. A culture will be able to adopt the good aspects from…

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China’s ‘Golden Week’ Travel Drops As Holidaymakers Stay Home Amid Covid-19

Travel during China’s “Golden Week” national vacation was down by a third on pre-pandemic levels, with government measures to contain sporadic coronavirus outbreaks prompting holidaymakers to spend closer to home. The number of trips taken on China’s roads on Wednesday was 34.1% below levels seen in 2019, according to the transport ministry, and 2.2% lower than last year. Trips taken on roads, rail and other transport networks have been consistently a third below pre-pandemic levels for each of the first five days of the week-long break.   To achieve its Covid Zero goals, China has used strict measures of quarantine and business closures to stamp out imported clusters of the delta-variant of the coronavirus that emerged from late July. Officials advised against unnecessary travel and gatherings over the Golden Week holiday, which began Oct. 1, citing the risk of further outbreaks. The seven-day break is China’s most important annual…

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IRCTC To Start Special Bharat Darshan Tourist Train From October 8

In a bid to promote religious tourism in the country, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is starting a special Bharat Darshan Tourist train on October 8 which will run from Rewa station of Madhya Pradesh to Agra, Mathura, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Amritsar and Vaishno Devi Shrine. According to the IRCTC Public Relations Officer (PRO) Anand Kumar Jha, the main aim to run this train is to give an enhanced experience to explore beautiful historical and devotional places of North India. To provide comfort to the passengers, a boarding facility in this special train will be available from Rewa as well as Satna, Katni, Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Itarsi, Hoshangabad, Habibganj, Vidisha, Ganj Basoda, Bina and Jhansi stations. “The eight nights and nine days tour has been designed keeping in mind the interest of every kind of traveller, who loves fun with devotion and visit old traditional cities of India,” he…

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Flights To Saipan, Guam & Hawaii Have Been Resumed

The sky roads, which had been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have been opened. As the COVID-19 vaccination rate increases worldwide, international flights are being resumed mainly in ‘Travel Bubble’ countries. According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on the 4th, Korea’s 1st-shot vaccination rate was 77.3% and the vaccination completion rate was 52.5% as of 0 o’clock on the 3rd. It means that 1 out of 2 people can travel to a Travel Bubble country. As a result, airlines are increasing their international routes and travel agencies are also rapidly releasing tour packages. The most well-known Travel Bubble route is Incheon-Saipan. Demand for tour packages to Saipan increased during the Chuseok holiday in all three airlines, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, and T’way Airlines. According to the Marianas Visitors Authority, the number of Korean tourists who reserved a trip to Saipan…

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Kerala Announces New Quarantine Rules For International Travellers

In a recent development, the Kerala government has announced new quarantine rules for international travellers. The announcement was made by the Health Minister Veena George wherein he said that starting Monday, travellers visiting Kerala from the UK will have to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine at home or destination address. The new rules are on the basis of Union Health Ministry guidelines. On the other hand, those coming from South Africa, Brazil and Europe will have to undergo a 7-day quarantine mandatorily on arrival. As per new rules, international passengers will have to take three PCR tests to enter Kerala, first, 72 hours before the journey, second upon arrival at an airport, and the third will be done eight days after arriving in the state. The minister further informed that all travellers coming from foreign lands irrespective of their vaccination status will have to get RT-PCR tests done upon reaching…

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India Imposes New Travel Rules On UK Travellers

After the UK’S mandatory 10-day quarantine for Indian nationals upon arrival, India too has hit back with a similar rule for UK citizens who are arriving in India. Reports suggest that India has decided to go ahead with a mandatory 10-day quarantine rule for UK citizens. The new rule will be in place from October 4. India’s Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla had first mentioned about such a reciprocal action back in September 21. Along with the mandatory quarantine period, travellers from the UK are also expected to undertake a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within 72 hours before travel. This rule stays irrespective of the traveller’s vaccination status. Additionally, there will be another RT-PCR test upon arrival. This is not all, the travellers from the UK are also required to take another RT-PCR test on the 8th day after arrival. Then there is the question of mandatory…

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Pakistan Bans Air Travel For Unvaccinated Travellers

Pakistan has banned air travel for unvaccinated passengers. This move comes as the country tries to make a stronger push for vaccinations, and help prevent strict lockdowns in the future. Following the directive of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority in its notification stated that from October 1, only fully vaccinated travellers aged 18 and above, will be allowed to air travel to, from, and within Pakistan, after providing proof of vaccination against the COVID. Pakistan Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan tweeted regarding this and stated only vaccinated travellers of age 18 and above will be allowed to undertake domestic travel within Pakistan. As per the reports, there is a catch though. Those below the age of 18 will likely be allowed to travel to Pakistan without the need to provide proof of vaccination certificate. Further, those between the age of…

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Union Tourism Minister: Government Will Do Everything To Brand J&K Tourism

Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy discussed various avenues pertinent to tourism in the region of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and highlighted the importance of promotion and campaigning of the Union Territory as a tourism destination in India and across the globe. nteracting with tourism stakeholders at the SKICC here as part of the Centre’s outreach programme, Reddy reaffirmed the commitment of the Union government towards the promotion of Jammu and Kashmir’s rich cultural heritage worldwide. “The central government will do everything in their domain to brand the region as an international tourist destination,” he said during the interaction. Reddy discussed various avenues pertinent to tourism in the region of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and highlighted the importance of promotion and campaigning of the Union Territory as a tourism destination in India and across the globe. The stakeholders, including tourist trade…

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Bali To Reopen For International Tourists From October

Bali is gearing up to reopen for international tourists after a long wait. Referring to this, the Indonesian Tourism Minister stated that Bali will be reopening in October for international tourism. Although Bali delayed multiple plans to reopen earlier, the Central Government has stated that Bali is now ready to receive international tourists. Its Tourism and Creative Economic Minister Sandiaga Uno, after attending the meeting at the Bali Tourism Polytechnic on September 24, announced that the central government is all prepared to reopen the international travel corridor in October. The meeting was attended by several government officials to analyse preparations regarding reopening the border for international visitors. The MInister added that they have discussed the program to reopen their border for international travellers. Earlier, Maritime and Investment Coordinator Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that the country managed to emerge from the peak of the second COVID wave,…

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Vaccinated Travellers Can Visit Bangkok From November 1

Thailand is all set to reopen in a phased manner, so tourists can soon land in Bangkok for a holiday. According to Thailand health authorities, the country is opening in four phases, and Bangkok will begin to accept fully vaccinated travellers as early as November 2021 onwards. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that the first phase of reopening will start on November 1, but the pilot phase will begin from October 1. During the pilot phase, four beach destinations will reopen. In the first phase, Thailand will reopen all areas of Bangkok, Krabi and Phang-Nga, and designated areas in Buri Ram (Mueang), Chiang Mai (Mueang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, and Doi Tao), Chon Buri (Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Na Jomtien, and Sattahip), Loei (Chiang Khan), Phetchaburi (Cha-Am), Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin), and Ranong (Ko Phayam). During the second phase, which will start from December 1, Thailand will reopen…

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International Charter Flights To Land In Goa Soon

International tourists won’t have to fly to Mumbai and then head to Goa in the coming future. According to Goa Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, the state will soon have international charter flights landing at Goa’s Dabolim International Airport. The Chief Minister announced this at a government function in north Goa district. Chief Minister Sawant also said that both domestic and international travellers would be more confident to travel to Goa after the state achieves 100 percent vaccination by October 31. The government in Goa had written to the Union Home Ministry recently, seeking permission to resume international charter flights. The Chief Minister said, “When we announce that we are a 100 percent safe vaccinated state, then national and international tourists will come here. We will complete 100 per cent vaccination by October 31.” He further urged everyone to take the second vaccine. Goa has always been a favourite…

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Canada Lifts Ban On Passenger Flights From India: Check Details

Passengers from India can now travel to Canada albeit with a few precautionary measures, which include having a negative Covid-19 test report from an approved laboratory. The Justin Trudeau-led federal government in Canada on Sunday lifted a month-long ban on passenger flights from India, which was put in place in view of the enhanced coronavirus disease (Covid-19) protocols. On Tuesday, Canada extended the restriction on all direct commercial and private passenger flights from India until September 26. However, with the ban now expiring, passengers from India can now travel to Canada albeit with a few precautionary measures, which include having a negative Covid-19 test report from an approved laboratory. According to officials familiar with the development, Air Canada is expected to resume its flights from India on September 27 (Monday), while Air India will be resuming its flights to Canada from September 30. Prior to Canada…