Arvind Singh, the Tourism Secretary of India said that the government is in the mood for the opening of international borders with scheduled international flights sooner than later, ET Travel reported.
In a statement given to ET Travel, Sing said that there have been “extensive consultations” with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Civil Aviation on restarting international scheduled flights in recent weeks and “everyone is in agreement” on restarting the flights.
The Tourism Secretary said that it is a matter of announcing the date and setting the required protocols by the concerned Ministries of Home and Civil Aviation.
Sh. Arvind Singh ji, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, addressed the event discussing about tourism for inspiring inclusive growth in society & development at grassroot level. As India celebrates #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav, such a development is what the nation looks ahead to. pic.twitter.com/mMJY2YfWYZ— Ministry of Tourism (@tourismgoi) September 27, 2021Advertisement
India To Soon Allow Entry of Foreign Tourists
As per some previous reports, the Govt of India may soon reopen its doors for foreign tourists for the first time in one-and-a-half years. This comes after a Sharpe decline in Covid-19 cases in the whole country.
A formal announcement allowing foreign tourists to visit India may come within the next 10 days, an official from the Home Ministry said. The decision is being taken in view of the declining number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Free Visa For First 5 lakh Tourists
Moreover, the 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.
The free visa to the tourists will be issued till March 31, 2022, or the issuance of a five lakh visa, whichever is earlier. The total financial implication for this would be ₹100 crores.