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Amid a decline in Covid cases in the country, India may soon reopen its doors for foreign tourists for the first time in one-and-a-half years, officials said.(Unsplash)

Foreign tourists may be allowed to visit India soon in attempt to revive tourism

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2021 04:42 PM IST
  • First five lakh foreign tourists will be issued visas free of cost in an attempt to revive the tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020 when a nationwide lockdown was announced.
IRCTC starts special Deluxe AC tourist train for Char Dham Yatra(Twitter/IRCTCofficial)
IRCTC starts special Deluxe AC tourist train for Char Dham Yatra(Twitter/IRCTCofficial)

IRCTC starts special Deluxe AC tourist train for Char Dham Yatra

ANI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi [india]
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:30 AM IST
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.
The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashes down in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule off the coast of Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA(SpaceX/Handout via REUTERS)
The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashes down in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule off the coast of Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA(SpaceX/Handout via REUTERS)

SpaceX's trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown in the Atlantic

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2021 08:03 AM IST
  • SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where the chartered flight began three days earlier. The all-amateur crew was the first to circle the world without a professional astronaut.
England further simplifies Covid-19 rules for international travel(File Photo / REUTERS)
England further simplifies Covid-19 rules for international travel(File Photo / REUTERS)

England further simplifies Covid-19 rules for international travel

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, London
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2021 07:51 AM IST
  • UK is scrapping its "traffic light” system that ranks countries as red, amber or green — high, medium or low risk from the coronavirus. Eight countries will be removed from the red list on Wednesday. Read on to know other major simplification of Covid-19 travel rules by England
The tourism industry welcomed the Central government's move of considering to resume issuing tourist visas as the Covid-19 cases have declined.(Unsplash)
The tourism industry welcomed the Central government's move of considering to resume issuing tourist visas as the Covid-19 cases have declined.(Unsplash)

Tourism industry welcomes Centre's move on resuming visa services

ANI |
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 04:20 PM IST
  • "The tourism industry faced a loss of 7 lakh crore in the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, " Ease My trip co-founder Prashant Pitti told news agency ANI while welcoming the Centre's move.
Australia's trial home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals to ease travel curbs(AP file photo)
Australia's trial home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals to ease travel curbs(AP file photo)

Australia's trial home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals to ease travel curbs

Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 07:37 AM IST
Australia’s New South Wales to conduct a pilot program of home quarantine in the next couple of weeks, which could apply to Australians, non-residents and crew for flagship carrier Qantas Airways Ltd, signalling an easing of one of the most hardcore border regimes in the world
United Arab Emirates (UAE) has eased off procedures and Covid-19 protocols for entering the country in view of Expo 2020 Dubai, said Ambassador of UAE to India Dr Ahmed Albanna on Thursday.(Unsplash)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) has eased off procedures and Covid-19 protocols for entering the country in view of Expo 2020 Dubai, said Ambassador of UAE to India Dr Ahmed Albanna on Thursday.(Unsplash)

UAE eases off procedures for letting in Indians in view of Expo 2020 Dubai

ANI |
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 08:37 AM IST
  • While sharing details of Expo 2020 Dubai, which will be held from October 1 to March 31, 2022, Albanna said all Indian visitors whether they had tourist visas or work visas will be allowed to enter the UAE with eased protocols of Covid-19.
The rise and rise of Responsible tourism
The rise and rise of Responsible tourism

The rise and rise of Responsible tourism

PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 03:11 PM IST
Travellers are now becoming more mindful of their choices, revaluating their itineraries keeping sustainability and preservation of resources in mind
To facilitate tourists visiting Rajasthan, the state government will launch a mobile application on World Tourism Day on September 27, an official said on Wednesday.(Unsplash)
To facilitate tourists visiting Rajasthan, the state government will launch a mobile application on World Tourism Day on September 27, an official said on Wednesday.(Unsplash)

Rajasthan govt to launch mobile application for tourists on World Tourism Day

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2021 09:50 PM IST
  • "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," Nishant Jain, Director of Tourism Department said in a statement.
Centre stopped issuing tourist visas in March 2020 when the nationwide lockdown was imposed. 
Centre stopped issuing tourist visas in March 2020 when the nationwide lockdown was imposed. 

India may start issuing tourist visas only to vaccinated travellers  

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2021 09:45 PM IST
In October 2020, the home ministry permitted all OCI and PIO cardholders to visit India for any purpose except on a tourist visa.
Malaysia holiday hotspot readies for reopening from September 16 to fully vaccinated travellers(REUTERS)
Malaysia holiday hotspot readies for reopening from September 16 to fully vaccinated travellers(REUTERS)

Malaysia holiday hotspot readies for reopening to fully vaccinated travellers

Reuters | , Malaysia
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2021 07:47 AM IST
  • 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.
Visitors stand with umbrellas near the step pyramid of the third dynasty Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Djoser (27th century BC) at the Saqqara Necropolis south of Egypt's capital Cairo.(AFP)
Visitors stand with umbrellas near the step pyramid of the third dynasty Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Djoser (27th century BC) at the Saqqara Necropolis south of Egypt's capital Cairo.(AFP)

Egypt reopens ancient King Djoser's southern tomb to tourists

UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 09:54 PM IST
  • The structure, known as the Southern Tomb, lies south of Cairo near the Third Dynasty pharoah's famous Step Pyramid, Egypt's earliest large-scale stone structure, which itself was closed for restoration until March 2020.
Southeast Asia plans to ease travel curbs to tackle crippling economy(Lim Huey Teng / REUTERS)
Southeast Asia plans to ease travel curbs to tackle crippling economy(Lim Huey Teng / REUTERS)

Covid-19: Southeast Asia plan easing of travel curbs to tackle crippling economy

Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 12:31 PM IST
While Europe and the US have already moved down the reopening path, countries in Southeast Asia have a low vaccination rate and are among the world’s most vulnerable to the delta variant but with state finances stretched, lockdowns are becoming less tenable by the day.
Uruguay looks to bolster cannabis industry, allow tourists to buy marijuana pot(REUTERS/Washington Alves)
Uruguay looks to bolster cannabis industry, allow tourists to buy marijuana pot(REUTERS/Washington Alves)

Uruguay looks to bolster cannabis industry, allow tourists to buy marijuana pot

Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 09:51 PM IST
The aim isn’t to promote Uruguay as a destination for cannabis tourism but rather to steer tourists away from the black market and into the regulated marijuana market
Earlier all persons entering Goa were required to produce a Covid negative certificate except those who had received their 2nd dose of Covid vaccine at least 14 days ago (Shutterstock)
Earlier all persons entering Goa were required to produce a Covid negative certificate except those who had received their 2nd dose of Covid vaccine at least 14 days ago (Shutterstock)

Goa makes quarantine mandatory for visitors from Kerala

By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 09:31 AM IST
The order for mandatory quarantine for visitors from Kerala shall, however, not be applicable to constitutional functionaries, healthcare professionals and their spouses, children below two years, those in a dire emergency like a death in the family and those passing through the state 
IRCTC to open new world-class executive lounge at New Delhi Railway Station(Arvind Yadav/HT)
IRCTC to open new world-class executive lounge at New Delhi Railway Station(Arvind Yadav/HT)

IRCTC to open new world-class executive lounge at New Delhi Railway Station

ANI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi [india]
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 08:50 PM IST
IRCTC's new world-class executive lounge at the New Delhi railway station will be offering complimentary and paid services like wi-fi, TV, beverages, multi-cuisine buffets, recliners, a fully operational business centre with computer, printer, photostat and fax facility etc for the passengers.
Kerala Tourism department on Saturday has launched a mobile app which helps the tourists visiting Kerala to ensure a smooth journey.(Unsplash)
Kerala Tourism department on Saturday has launched a mobile app which helps the tourists visiting Kerala to ensure a smooth journey.(Unsplash)

Kerala tourism dept launches mobile app for tourists

ANI |
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2021 03:50 PM IST
  • Kerala Minister for Tourism and Public Works Department, P A Muhaad Riyas said, "The mobile app highlighting Kerala's tourist destinations aims to projects the unexplored places."
These are the top 10 best cities in the world in 2021(Unsplash)
These are the top 10 best cities in the world in 2021(Unsplash)

These are the top 10 best cities in the world in 2021

By Krishna Priya Pallavi, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2021 08:39 AM IST
  • The list of the top 10 best cities in the world was released by Time Out magazine recently. The list features 37 cities, and San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Manchester top the list.
Ladhpura Khas, a village in Madhya Pradesh's Niwari district, has been nominated in the 'Best Tourism Village' category for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Award, a senior state government official said.(UNWTO logo)
Ladhpura Khas, a village in Madhya Pradesh's Niwari district, has been nominated in the 'Best Tourism Village' category for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Award, a senior state government official said.(UNWTO logo)

MP's Ladhpura Khas nominated as 'Best Tourism Village' for UNWTO award

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 11:34 AM IST
  • The 'Rural Tourism Project' has been started in villages across the state, including in Ladhpura Khas, with an objective of giving shape to the concept of village tourism by adding new dimensions, Madhya Pradesh Tourism and Culture Department's Principal Secretary, Sheo Shekhar Shukla, said.
Dubai is due to open the Expo 2020 World Fair on October 1, for which it has been preparing for almost a decade, after a year-long delay due to the pandemic.(Reuters)
Dubai is due to open the Expo 2020 World Fair on October 1, for which it has been preparing for almost a decade, after a year-long delay due to the pandemic.(Reuters)

UAE lifts travel restrictions for residents from India, 14 other countries

Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 05:56 PM IST
  • It has also allowed residents from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria and Afghanistan as well to fly into the UAE from September 12.
Vietnam plans to reopen the beach-fringed island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists from next month, authorities said.(Unsplash)
Vietnam plans to reopen the beach-fringed island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists from next month, authorities said.(Unsplash)

Vietnam plans to reopen resort island to tourists to boost economy

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 10, 2021 01:44 PM IST
  • Vietnam, which is currently shut to all visitors apart from returning citizens and investors, had managed to contain the virus for much of the pandemic but in the past three months has faced a surge in infections driven by the Delta variant.
A sign advertises the availability of Covid-19 vaccine doses at a city centre pharmacy during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia(REUTERS/Loren Elliott)
A sign advertises the availability of Covid-19 vaccine doses at a city centre pharmacy during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia(REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

Australian states free of Covid resist re-opening to avoid Delta variant spread

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Perth, Australia
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 09:35 AM IST
  • 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
Thailand plans to reopen Bangkok and other key destinations to foreign tourists next month, officials said on Thursday.(Unsplash)
Thailand plans to reopen Bangkok and other key destinations to foreign tourists next month, officials said on Thursday.(Unsplash)

Thailand plans to reopen Bangkok, top cities next month

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2021 09:19 PM IST
  • Bangkok's reopening would be partial, however, starting with areas popular with visitors, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn told Reuters, without elaborating.
J&K Tourism dept promotes destination festivals, trekking to attract tourists(Instagram/@travelwithsowmya_natz)
J&K Tourism dept promotes destination festivals, trekking to attract tourists(Instagram/@travelwithsowmya_natz)

J&K Tourism dept promotes destination festivals, trekking to attract tourists

PTI | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Srinagar
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2021 08:14 AM IST
In an effort to attract tourists, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department to organise dedicated travel, trekking-expeditions, mountain bike adventures and promote Sonamarg Autumn Festival, Pahalgam Winter Festival, Gulmarg Snow Festival and Autumn and Houseboat festivals
Khat-ar-shnong, a valley region in East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, has several villages where people call each other by tunes, not names(Meghalaya Tourism)
Khat-ar-shnong, a valley region in East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, has several villages where people call each other by tunes, not names(Meghalaya Tourism)

Meghalaya's whistling village selected for entry to UNWTO ‘Best Tourism Village'

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Parmita Uniyal
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2021 09:30 PM IST
  • Meghalaya's whistling village Kongthong has been selected for entry to UNWTO (The World Tourism Organization) 'Best Tourism Village' along with two other villages in India.
Representational Image. (File photo)
Representational Image. (File photo)

RT-PCR mandatory for passengers from 9 countries landing in Kolkata

UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2021 10:04 AM IST
The countries are UK, Brazil, New Zealand, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Botswana, China, Bangladesh and South Africa. The new restrictions were imposed amid reports of new mutations of SARS-CoV-2 and the rising number of variants of concern and variants of interest globally
A visitor sets up his camera in the Victoria Peak area to photograph Hong Kong's skyline. Travellers arriving in Hong Kong from China will no longer need to quarantine.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
A visitor sets up his camera in the Victoria Peak area to photograph Hong Kong's skyline. Travellers arriving in Hong Kong from China will no longer need to quarantine.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Hong Kong eases quarantine rules for travellers from China

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Hong Kong
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2021 12:51 PM IST
  • Chinese travellers who haven't been to medium- or high-risk areas on the mainland or Macao can enter Hong Kong. Travellers will still need a negative Covid-19 test prior to arrival and must take several tests while in Hong Kong to ensure they're not infected.
Shark tourism grows in Massachusetts' Cape Cod, 3 years after attacks(AP)
Shark tourism grows in Massachusetts' Cape Cod, 3 years after attacks(AP)

Shark tourism grows in Massachusetts' Cape Cod, 3 years after attacks

AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Chatham, Massachusetts
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2021 03:48 PM IST
  • A small but growing group of charter boat operators off Cape Cod in Massachusetts are offering great white shark tours in a region where whale and seal watching excursions have long been a tourist rite of passage.
Indians need to show proof of being inoculated with both doses of Covid-19 vaccines approved by WHO, with at least 14 days passed since the last dose. (HT File Photo)
Indians need to show proof of being inoculated with both doses of Covid-19 vaccines approved by WHO, with at least 14 days passed since the last dose. (HT File Photo)

Fully vaccinated Indians can travel to this country without quarantine mandate

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2021 07:25 PM IST
Passengers travelling from India or those who have been in the country in the last 14 days can avoid quarantine if they can show proof of being fully vaccinated by Covid-19 vaccines approved by the WHO.
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