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Air Suvidha Forms Might Be Reintroduced For International Travellers
There is a possibility that the mandatory Air Suvidha form will be reintroduced by the Union Health Ministry. The form will include details of RT-PCR tests conducted 72 hours before travel or complete vaccination proof for those traveling to India from countries where COVID has been reported to be high. The decision to reintroduce the Air Suvidha forms will be finalized after reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the country in the upcoming weeks.
Random Testing Of International Travelers Begins At Indian Airports
With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing worldwide, the Indian Government started randomly testing international travelers at the airports for COVID-19 from December 21. A report by ANI, stated, “Random sample testing will be done for international air passengers arriving from various countries including China.” In an advisory issued to international passengers on December 23, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport informed them that 2% of all international passengers arriving at the airport should undergo random Covid-19 testing after arrival as a result of the latest Ministry of Health guidelines.
Biometric Boarding Pass At Abu Dhabi Airport
With the recent biometric boarding pass system installed at the Abu Dhabi Airport that uses facial recognition technology, passengers will no longer be required to show their passport or ticket to board their flight. However, passengers will need to have their biometric data and passport details registered in the airport’s system in order to avail this service. Booking an Abu Dhabi tour package to check out this cool feature seems like a valid reason, isn’t it?
Good News For UAE 5 Year Tourist Visa Holders
Recently the UAE 5- year tourist visa for Indians was announced by the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. With this 5 year UAE visa famously known as Dubai visa, Indians could visit the Emirati nation multiple times for the duration of 90 days per visit. However, with the recent announcement, visitors can extend their stay for another 90 days allowing the visitor to spend more time in the country. Excited? Check out our Dubai tour packages now and start planning your trip!
Indians Will Now Need A Visa To Visit Serbia
In accordance with the new EU visa policies and to reduce the number of illegal immigrants, Serbia has decided to withdraw the visa free policy for Indians and citizens of Guinea-Bissau. Starting from January 1, 2023, Indians wishing to visit Serbia will be required to have a Serbia visa to enter the country. However, Indian nationals holding a valid UK visa, US visa, Schengen visa or a residence permit to any of these nations will not be affected by this rule.
Changes In Hong Kong’s COVID-19 Travel Guidelines
Thinking of a Hong Kong holiday? Is your Hong Kong visa ready? Worried about the COVID-19 protocols? Well, worry no more! On December 13, the Hong Kong Government announced that COVID-19 restrictions will no longer affect foreign travelers visiting the country. The travelers will be free to visit public spaces like bars and restaurants immediately upon their arrival. The authorities also announced to let go of the mandatory COVID scanning app which was a requirement to visit public spaces.
India’s First Dark Sky Reserve In Ladakh
Hanle Dark Sky Reserve, the first Dark Sky Reserve in India is a great reason to book your Leh-Ladakh tour package for astronomy enthusiasts. There is an area within Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary that has been officially notified as the Hanle Dark Sky Reserve, which consists of the six hamlets of Bhok, Shado, Punguk, Khuldo, Naga and Tibetan Refugee habitations.
The Schengen Region Gets A New Member – Croatia
From January 1, 2023, you can use your Schengen visa to travel to 27 countries! With Croatia ready to adopt the Euro – European Union’s common currency and join the visa-free, borderless travel area of Europe – The Schengen Region, travelers will no longer be required to change their Croatian Kuna to Euro’s or apply for a separate Croatia visa while on their holiday to Europe.
India To Resume E-Visa Facility For Canada Nationals
Canadian nationals planning to visit India will be able to apply for an India e-visa as per the recent announcement by the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, Canada. In the wake of the COVID pandemic, the e-visa facility was discontinued and has now been restored from December 20. As per the recent update, there has been a restoration of all valid e-Visas issued before their suspension in March 2020.
Indian Airports To Soon Get Computed Tomography Scanners
The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) plans to install Computed Tomography Scanners at the airports. According to a report, Jaideep Prasad told PTI that, “With such scanners, passengers will not be required to take out their electronic devices from hand baggage before going through the scanner.”
New Ecotourism Destination In Jharkhand – Netarhat
Authorities are putting in a lot of effort into revamping the amenities of Netarhat – Jharkhand’s newest ecotourism destination. (You should totally add it in your Jharkhand tour package). This initiative will highlight the stunning beauty of this tribal area and allow visitors to experience the beautiful culture, traditions and lifestyle of the tribals.
Sri Jagannath Yatra Train To Start Operating From January 25, 2023
It is anticipated that the Shri Jagannath Yatra tourist train will embark on its first journey on January 25th. This train will cover prominent pilgrimage and heritage destinations in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, and Jharkhand, as part of the Indian Railways Bharat Gaurav initiative.
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Dehing Patkai Fest 2023 – Experience The Diverse Culture Of Assam
From January 16 to 19, Lekhapani in the Tinsukia district of Assam will be hosting the annual festival of Dehing Patkai. The festival is a celebration of the distinctive and dynamic culture of Assam. Book your Assam tour package now, if you wish to know more about the state and its cultural heritage.
Mount Abu Winter Festival To Be Held In December
The annual Mount Abu Winter Festival is the perfect reason to book a Rajasthan tour package this season. Starting from December 29, this 2 day cultural festival is a great opportunity to witness the beauty, tradition and culture of Rajasthan’s only hill station.
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