Foreign tourists may be allowed to visit India soon
NEW DELHI: 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, offi als said.
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.
Top Union home ministry offi als are deliberating with all stakeholders on the expected date and modalities for opening up of the country for foreign tourists.
A formal announcement allowing foreign tourists to visit India may come within the next 10 days, an offi al from the Home Ministry said.
The decision is being taken in view of the declining number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
On Sunday, 30,773 new cases were reported while active cases had come down to 3.32 lakh.
India's Covid-19 vaccination coverage has also crossed 80 crore as on Saturday.
The free visa to the tourists will be issued till March 31, 2022 or the issuance of five lakh visa, whichever is earlier. The total financial implication for this would be Rs 100 crore.
The free visa move is expected to incentivise short-term tourists visiting India, the offi al said.
How long star hels will remain vacant?
Good to hear things are moving forward again and many tourism employees will start to earn as they have been suffering since lockdown
Dr. Carmo Costa-Viegas
Wait until population is fully vaccinated , including children.Take heed of Ker.
Children don't need vaccines...
Dr. Carmo Costa-Viegas
Vaccines don't work ag inst variants which are not even present today... So in every case, children don't need vaccines....
The go nment imposed lockdown n dest yed countless of homes n businesses last year when cases were under 10,000. Inspite of lockdown n restrictions n masks cases peaked in september. Then we started opening things, but again in march second wave came n peaked in may, again same routine lockdowns n restrictions but still cases aren’t at lowest. By now even a fool could figure ... Read More
Open up tourism bring new varients of Covid and again impose lockdown roll out new Vaccines and the circle goes on.
And you remain locked down in your home forever...
Who wants to go to India? Dirty, disorderly and disorderly, going to India is a nightmare.
Have you taken the hen blood injection which is said to be the latest trend in China. What ailments the above injection going to cause only the scientists must be knowing
It is Ok. People only go to places where they are welcome. There are millions of needy and refugees in the world. Have you ever heard even one of them trying to go to China?
Even a refugee or alyssum would not like to come here unless they are from Somalia
A very proactive and welcome move. We should try to get to normalcy in small baby steps.
Good decision, open it for fully vaccineted, rt tested tourists, increase tourism income and make fuel cher with that earned money.
Why RT PCR tested if already fully vaccinated???
Corona is fake and vaccine are bogus
Nobody will come nobody trust me there are far better places to visit then here
Atleast,till this year end,foreigners should not be allowed.Third wave could come any time in our country.
V K Khanna
At some point of time, this decision needed to be taken. Travel and tourism industry has suffered a huge loss. Moreover, many Europen countries have opened their doors for the foreigners. Why should India lag behind?
A Very stupid decision for sure. The govt is clueless about its priorities. Today opening a pub is more important than opening a school. We have not yet recovered from the corona crisis, our po itical leaders and their workers are already not following the covid protocol, possibility of a third wave is not completely ruled out and to top this we have this idiotic decision. Kahan se aate yeh log !
We need to learn to live safely with the vir s - Cohabitation.
Foreign tourists from first and second world countries only should be allowed.