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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…

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Stunning Travel Destinations For Remote Work

The phenomenon of remote working is growing at a rapid pace as the pandemic fuels the work-from-anywhere option. The convenience and ease to blend work with vacation are much easier now than ever before, making workations a popular concept among working professionals in India. Here’s a list of destinations which provide the best remote working experience in the country: Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh: When the hills are calling, you must go! If you’re looking to spend some time relaxing in the arms of nature, Jibhi in Himachal Pradesh would be an ideal choice. A hidden gem in Himachal Pradesh, Jibhi is breathtaking and offers people a serene view of lush hills in the Himalayas in the midst of work chaos. This offbeat location provides visitors with an opportunity to stay in a warm cottage surrounded by freshwater, making it an ideal place to relax and…

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Lifting International Travel Restrictions In November May Boost US Economy

Lifting of the international travel restrictions in early November is expected to boost the US economy, especially for tourist destinations like New York and for business travel. US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Thursday that the decision by the Biden administration to lift international travel restrictions in early November will be a boost to the US economy, especially for tourist destinations like New York and for business travel. Raimondo said the decision announced Monday to allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to fly to the United States “is huge. I think it will really be a boost to our economy, it will certainly be a boost to travel, tourism, hospitality.” To address Covid-19 concerns, the US has barred most foreign nationals from coming to the United States who have recently been in 33 countries including China, South Africa, Brazil, India and much of Europe. 

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Thailand To Reduce Quarantine Period For Visitors

Thailand is keen to welcome back foreign visitors, after nearly 18 months of strict entry policies caused a collapse in tourism, a key sector that drew 40 million visitors in 2019. Thailand’s disease control committee has proposed a halving of a two-week hotel isolation requirement for vaccinated arrivals, amid delays in plans to waive quarantine and reopen Bangkok and tourist destinations from next month. Thailand is keen to welcome back foreign visitors, after nearly 18 months of strict entry policies caused a collapse in tourism, a key sector that drew 40 million visitors in 2019. “Reducing the quarantine is not only about tourism, but will help business travel and foreign students,” senior health official Opas Karnkawinpong told a news conference, adding tests would also be required. Under the proposal, to be presented to government on Monday, those without vaccination proof would be isolated for…

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Direct Flights From India To Canada May Resume

An India-Canada flight ban, in place due to Covid-19, would be lifted only on the basis of the overall outcome of Covid-19 tests conducted on arrival in Canada on passengers travelling from New Delhi on three flights on Wednesday. Direct flights from India to Canada may resume on September 27, but there’s a catch. The ongoing flight ban, in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, would be lifted only on the basis of the results of Covid-19 tests conducted on arrival in Canada on passengers travelling from New Delhi on three flights on Wednesday. As a “first step”, Transport Canada said, all passengers on the three Air Canada flights from New Delhi on Wednesday will be tested for Covid-19 on arrival “to ensure that the new measures are working”. The India-to-Canada direct flight ban, which expired on September 21, has been extended by Transport…

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US To Lift Travel Ban For Fully Vaccinated Travellers From November

Don’t cancel your travel plans to the United States yet, as according to latest reports, the US is looking to lift its travel ban on all air passengers in the month of November. This rule however applies to the fully vaccinated passengers who also need to get tested. The travel ban was imposed last year when the coronavirus pandemic first broke out. The country had imposed other restrictions, much like countries across the world in order to stop the spread of the virus. Jeffrey Zients, who is the coronavirus response coordinator for President Joe Biden, said that a new consistent approach will take effect early November. The most important rule to note here is that the travellers need to be fully vaccinated, and should have proof of vaccination. But as of now we aren’t clear on whether the approved vaccinations for travellers are only the US-approved…

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IRCTC Starts Special Deluxe AC Tourist Train For Char Dham Yatra

IRCTC’s special Deluxe AC tourist train for Char Dham Yatra by ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ has a host of astounding features including two fine dining restaurants, a modern kitchen, shower cubicles in coaches, sensor-based washroom functions, foot massager. As the Char Dham Yatra resumed from Saturday, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) started a special train for the popular pilgrimage circuit by ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ Deluxe AC tourist train. View this post on Instagram A post shared by IRCTC (@irctc.official) This comes after the success of the ‘Shri Ramayana Yatra’ train operated on the Ramayana circuit. This 16 days tour started from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station yesterday and covered the visit of Haridwar including Ganga ghat, temples and Ganga aarti, Rishikesh including Lakshman Jhulla and Triveni ghat, Ayodhaya including Ramjanam Bhoomi, Hanuman Garhi, Saryu Aarti and Nandigram, Varanasi including Ganga Ghat and aarti, Kashi Vishwanath…

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Tourists Allowed To Visit Mussoorie Only On Weekends

If you have been planning to visit Mussoorie, take note of the latest travel updates issued by the state government. In the wake of rising Coronavirus crises, the Uttarakhand government recently announced extension of lockdown in Dehradun till September 21. Earlier, the lockdown was supposed to remain in place September 14. The state government, issuing a fresh order, stated that it will allow tourists to visit Mussoorie only on weekends, provided that they are able to show a negative COVID test report that is not older than 72 hours before their arrival. Further, the travellers will also have to register themselves on Dehradun Smart City only portal, and provide proof of hotel booking in Mussoorie. Sharing more details regarding travel rules, District Magistrate R Rajesh Kumar informed that fully vaccinated tourists will not be required to mandatorily present a negative COVID-19 test report. However, all those who are unvaccinated…

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Rajasthan Set To Launch Mobile Application For Tourists

The government of Rajasthan is all set to launch a mobile application for the convenience of tourists on the World Tourism Day, which is on 27th September. The main motive of this app is to facilitate tourists visiting Rajasthan. According to a government official, the application will be made available on Google play store. The iOS version of the app is also under development and will be introduced in a few weeks. Nishant Jain, Director of Tourism Department said, “All information regarding tourist spots, modes of transport and other services will be available through the application… Users will be able to know if the local service provider is registered with the department”. While there are several apps providing information about tourism in Rajasthan, this state government’s official application will offer reliable and real time information. The official also said that there will be schemes and a number of promotional activities through the…

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UK Likely To Relax Travel Norms For Indian Travellers From October 1

Good news for Indian travellers wanting to visit the UK! Starting October 1, those travelling to the UK from India will not have to take the super expensive RT PCR Coronavirus tests. The UK government is thinking of a way out. In the coming days, the UK might drop quarantine restrictions for the countries in its amber category. And now that India is also a part of the amber list, most probably the PCR tests would also stop. The UK has divided countries into three categories, Red, Amber and Red zone. And as per reports, From October 1, the amber category might be dropped. But still, there’s no clarity on the accepted vaccines for Indian travellers. The country is not considering people who are fully vaccinated with Covidshield. Though AstraZeneca, a widely used vaccine in the UK and India’s Covishield are manufactured by the same Serum…

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Langkawi To Reopen For Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Langkawi, a cluster of 99 islands in the Straits of Malacca, will reopen from September 16 to fully vaccinated travellers as part of a domestic tourism bubble, with strict protocols in place to thwart the spread of the coronavirus. Businesses at Malaysia’s prime holiday destination are gearing up to welcome the return of tourists this week, as the country takes an early step towards recovery from a devastating coronavirus crisis. Restaurant owner Esther Lee said she was excited the bubble was finally being launched. “Finally we can welcome customers and this is actually our main source of income to actually survive,” she said. “We have like staff under us, we have overhead costs to bear so we definitely need dining customers.” The plan is similar to that introduced in Thailand, which started with the July reopening of Phuket, 220 km (137 miles) north of Langkawi, to vaccinated foreign…

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Planning To Visit UAE? Avoid Visiting Suspicious Sites Warns UAE Embassy

Are you planning to visit the United Arab Emirates? If yes then beware of the flight approval letters that are now being issued by scamsters. Referring to this, the UAE Embassy in New Delhi has warned Indian expats who are all set to return to the UAE against fake flight approval letters that are being issued by scamsters. The UAE Embassy, in a tweet, also urged all its visitors and clients to be careful while planning their visit, and urged them to visit its official website for any necessary information and mentions. The Embassy further added, “Please avoid visiting suspicious sites @UAEembassyIndia shall not be responsible if any damage occurs.” The notice from the Embassy comes at a time when the UAE recently announced that it would now allow return of those who have been vaccinated fully with WHO-approved COVID-19 jabs and holding valid residence visas…

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Bangkok To Reopen For Fully Vaccinated Travellers

In a big COVID travel update, Bangkok has announced it will reopen completely for fully vaccinated travellers from October 1. Thailand has been meaning to restart tourism for a long time now but given the rise in infection cases, the plan couldn’t take shape. But now, with people getting vaccinations, it has given hope to the world of tourism once again. Before the world was hit by the pandemic, tourism took the fifth spot in Thailand’s national income. But today, because of COVID, tourism has been the economy’s weakest link in over 20 years. But now, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced that from October 1, international travellers who have taken both the vaccine shots will be able to visit Bangkok along with four other provinces. Also, if you are fully vaccinated, you won’t have to undergo 14-days hotel quarantine rule. Also, the country has introduced a sandbox theme…

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Venice To Use CCTV Cameras To Track Tourists Activities

Venice, after being hit by overtourism for decades and then, the pandemic, has evolved like very few other destinations. The beautiful, historic city was almost assailed by tourists from all over the world before the pandemic hit. In fact, Venice was struggling to keep up with its everyday tourist footfall. While tourists rejoiced, the locals suffered as much from the burnt of overtourism as they did from the pandemic. A majority of tourists, before the pandemic, would land in Venice via cruise shops, only to spend a few hours, hardly adding to the local economy and majorly devastating the fragile ecosystem that Venice exists in. Both the facets have been a topic of intense discussion for some years now. As a result, the city has learnt and is evolving fast to make it more liveable for its residents. Now, after shutting its lagoon to big cruise ships, the…

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Covid Free Australian States Resist Re-Opening To Avoid Delta Variant Spread

Australian states that remain virtually Covid-free, including Western Australia and Queensland, face growing pressure to open their borders but because Australia has one of the lowest vaccination rates of any wealthy country, reopening could mean soaring coronavirus cases. It can seem like Australia’s west coast has almost entirely avoided Covid-19. A mask-free nightlife is thriving and huge crowds are turning out for sporting events, including 53,000 rugby fans who crammed into a Perth stadium to watch New Zealand’s All Blacks defeat Australia’s Wallabies on a recent sunny Sunday. “We are in paradise,” said one of those fans, Andrea Williams, who is all for the region continuing to defy the federal government and maintain strict border restrictions that keep it separated from the pandemic raging in large parts of the rest of Australia. While the cities of Sydney and Melbourne in the east have been…

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Meghalaya’s Kongthong Village Nominated As ‘Best Tourism Village’

In good news, the Ministry of Tourism has nominated Meghalaya’s Kongthong village for the World Tourism Organization’s Best Tourism Villages award along with two other villages in India (Pochampally of Telangana and Ladhpura Khas in Madhya Pradesh). Also popular as the ‘Whistling village’, Kongthong is quite popular among tourists. The village has a very unique tradition wherein a mother calls her kid with a tune instead of a name. In fact, the villagers here have two names, one a regular name and the other a tune name. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma took to Facebook and shared the happy news with the world. He wrote, “Meghalaya’s whistling village Kongthong is selected for entry to the UNWTO World Tourism Organization ‘Best Tourism Village’ along with 2 other villages in the country.” Jingrwai Iawbei, the tune-name traditionThe beautiful village is renowned for its natural bounty and for its unique tradition ‘Jingrwai Iawbei’. Under this…

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Air India Resumes Flights To Saudi Arabia From India

After a long gap, Air India has resumed flights to Saudi Arabia from India. Those wishing to travel to Saudi Arabia from India can now book their tickets through the Air India website. They can also visit booking offices or book tickets via call centres or travel agents. The big decision comes after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) relaxed travel restrictions for fully vaccinated passengers from India Air India took to Twitter to make the following announcement: “Air India opens bookings from India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Before booking tickets kindly read the travel guidelines carefully. Bookings opened through Air India Website, Booking Offices, Call Centre & Authorised Travel Agents. It will be the sole responsibility of the passengers to ensure his/her eligibility to enter the destination country. Air India will accept no liability in this regard”. Saudi Arabia travel guidelines1) Resident permit…

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Kuwait To Resume Direct Commercial Flights With India From Today

In a recent travel update, Kuwait has announced that it will resume direct commercial flights with India from September 7, 2021 (today). With this Kuwait has become the latest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to come up with such a crucial decision after nearly four months. Last month, the UAE decided to curb its international travel restrictions and said that it will resume flights with India, Egypt and several other Southeast Asian nations. Requirements1) Passengers travelling to Kuwait from India will need to be fully vaccinated with the vaccines approved by the WHO. 2) Priority will be given to Kuwaiti citizens, their first degree relatives and domestic workers. 3) Passengers must also carry their negative RT PCR test result not older than 48 hours before departing. 4) All passengers need to download and register on the Alhosn app with the UID and phone number. Meanwhile, the UAE opened applications for…

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Fully Vaccinated Indians Can Travel To Turkey Without Quarantine

Good news for travellers from India going to Turkey. You will not be required to undergo the 14-day mandatory quarantine period if you are fully vaccinated. The new rule is already in motion from September 4, according to the Turkish Embassy in New Delhi. The Embassy has also said, Indian travellers will be able to skip quarantine two weeks after their last dose of vaccination. So plan your trip accordingly. However, travellers must note that a negative RT-PCR test report is still needed, not older than 72 hours. The Turkish authorities have said that they recognise WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine, and those approved by the Turkish government, which includes Sputnik V, Sinovac, and Pfizer Biontech. Travellers with Covishield are included. Passengers are required to show their vaccine certificate. Travellers who are below the age of 12 are currently exempted from taking the RT-PCR test, or showing a…

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Negative RT-PCR Report Must For Tourists Visiting India From These Nations

The central government has extended its coronavirus disease (Covid-19)-related restrictions to include more countries from where international travellers, intending to enter India, will require a mandatory negative RTPCR test report. The curbs were imposed on additional countries due to concerns over new mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, particularly the ‘Mu’ and the C.1.2 variants reported in recent days, as well as over the rising number of “Variants of Concern (VOCs)” and “Variants of Interest (Vols)” in general across the world, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare. The health ministry added seven additional countries to the list of nations from where travellers must carry a negative RTPCR test report to enter India. These seven countries are: South Africa Bangladesh Botswana China Mauritius New Zealand Zimbabwe Travellers from the United Kingdom (UK), and from countries in the European Union (EU) and the…

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Karnataka’s New Covid Travel Protocols For Travellers From Kerala

In a new ruling, the Karnataka government has exempted certain travellers from Kerala from mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine, provided that they have a short-term travel plan. The new rule says that such short term travellers should be in Karnataka for three days. The rule is applicable to travellers who are in Karnataka for examination with one parent; passengers who are in transit from or to Kerala through any desired mode of transport; health care professionals, and their spouses; constitutional functionaries; children who are below two years of age; and those who are in need of emergency medical treatment, or have a death in the family. On the other hand, students and employees coming to Karnataka are required to show an RT-PCR negative certificate that is valid for one week. Such certificates should not be older than 72 hours. This is irrespective of whether these travellers have had one…

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Air India’s Indore-Dubai Flight Resumes After 17 Months

Air India’s Indore-Dubai flight operations resume after 17 months amid Covid-19 after it was stopped in March 2020. Air India’s Indore-Dubai flight will resume operations from Wednesday after a gap of 17-months because of the Covid-19 situation. The flight operation was stopped in March 2020. A programme will be organised at Devi Ahilyabai International Airport to mark the occasion. Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will take part in the event virtually, an airport official said on Tuesday. The flight will take off from Indore at 12.35 pm as per the Indian Standard Time and will reach Dubai at 03.05 pm, the official said. From Dubai, the plane will take off every Wednesday at 04.05 pm UAE time and will reach Indore at 8.55 pm. The flight will give a fillip to tourism and trade between…

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Fully Vaccinated Allowed To Enter Goa Without Negative RT-PCR Reports

In a recent travel update, the Bombay High Court at Goa has allowed fully vaccinated people (tourists or not) to enter the state without providing a negative RT PCR test report. Apparently, the government of Goa had submitted an application in the High Court to allow fully vaccinated people to enter the state. In mid-July, the High Court had permitted fully vaccinated people to enter the state without a negative certificate, but the exemption was not for tourists. Those coming to Goa for tourism purposes were supposed to show their negative PCR certificate even if they were fully vaccinated. According to the orders of the HC, a person is considered fully vaccinated when he/she has completed two weeks since his/her second COVID vaccine dose. But on Monday, the HC modified its order and allowed fully vaccinated people to enter the state. Advocate Nikhil Pai, who represented…

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