Health & Lifestyle Travel

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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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…

Health & Lifestyle Travel

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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Rajasthan set to witness line of festivals starting with Kumbhalgarh festival

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : Rajasthan will be witnessing a line of festivals for tourists visiting the desert state in winters, starting from the Kumbhalgarh festival from December 1.As per the state tourism department, “the Ranakpur Jawai Bandh Utsav to commence from December 22 in Pali district and Sharad Utsav of Mount Abu on December 30-31 will mark the last of official tourism event of the year 2021. However, more such events stand to entice visitors in the months to follow.” “These festivities reflect upon the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan… The tourists too continue to express immense enthusiasm for the events and the same was witnessed in the recently concluded festivals, the Bundi Utsav of Bundi and Matsay Utsav in Alwar district,” said the official release.“Rajasthan is a land of all seasons and pulsates with festivities all year long. In winters the vast expanses…

Health & Lifestyle Travel

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.…

Corona Updates

US reopens land, air borders to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from today

Washington [US]: After 20 months of travel restrictions, the US is reopening its land and air borders to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from Monday.The United States is flinging its doors wide open to vaccinated international travellers on Monday, welcoming many visitors who’ve been shut out of the country for 20 months, reported CNN. The United States is largely wide open, although there are some state and local restrictions that still apply.For example, there are mask mandates in Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Washington, DC and Puerto Rico also require masks in indoor public spaces.In some cities, including New York and San Francisco, there are vaccine requirements for indoor public spaces including restaurants, reported CNN.Hawaii, which had some of the strictest entry requirements in the US, will now align with the new federal rules for international air travel. Although capacity…

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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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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,…

South Asian Countries

Chinese tourists flock Tibet’s Lhasa amid COVID-19 surge in 11 Chinese provinces

Lhasa [Tibet]: Amid the resurgence of COVID-19 in China lately, Chinese tourists are rushing to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. This comes at a time when the Chinese authorities have banned tourism in the areas outside Tibet, reported Radio Free Asia.China re-imposed fresh lockdowns amid rising COVID-19 infections, the country recorded more than 100 cases across 11 provinces over the last week, leading to the suspension of tourism ‘entirely’ in some locations, according to RFA citing the government sources. Lhasa has still been left open for tourism, confirmed the sources to RFA.“There is a huge number of Chinese tourists at the moment in Lhasa. The Barkhor [old town] area is especially full of Chinese tourists, who are taking pictures everywhere,” RFA quoted one of the sources who did not wish to be named.“It’s frightening to see such large crowds here when the pandemic…

Health & Lifestyle Travel

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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Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurates first direct flight on Shillong-Dibrugarh sector under UDAN

New Delhi [India] : Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday inaugurated the first direct flight on Shillong and Dibrugarh sector under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (RCS-UDAN) of the Government of India.Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister, Meghalaya, Prestone Tynsong, Deputy Chief Minister, Meghalaya, Vincent H Pala, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Shillong, Meghalaya, Dr Wanweiroy Kharlukhi, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Shillong, Meghalaya, Dasakhiatbha Lamare, Minister, Transport Department, Public Works Department (Buildings), Meghalaya, Sanbor Shullai, MLA were present at the launch event of the flight. Speaking at the event Scindia said, “Shillong is a place of great culture, tradition, beauty, tradition and tranquillity. It is not only important for North-East India but India as a whole. Shillong has always been known as Scotland of East and attracts tourists from around the world. The government is committed to enhancing…

Health & Lifestyle Travel

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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Massive inflow of tourists in HP

Himachal Pradesh has started witnessing an inflow of tourists following relaxation in COVID restrictions by the state government. In less than a month starting from June, around 6-7 lakh tourists in the Himalayan state have been trafficked. As the number of new COVID cases started declining in the country, tourists have started thronging to the destinations like Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Narkanda and other parts of the state. Commenting on the tourism situation, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department Director Amit Kashyap said, “After the government has eased the COVID restrictions, the tourist inflow has picked up. Generally, we receive over 1.3 crore tourists but the COVID-19 pandemic since the last year hit the tourism business. Last year we received only 32 lakh tourists including foreigners. This year till May 31, we received only 13 lakh tourists. But now in June after the restrictions have been…