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Last Updated: November 8, 2020

1. Countries around the world face a second wave of Covid-19

UK, France, Belgium, Greece and Germany see a second wave of Covid-19 and are imposed with another lockdown. While the borders have not been shut, people are only allowed to travel if a work from home option is not available. All restaurants, pubs, indoor activities, shopping malls to be shut for a duration of at least a week announced the Government. These restrictions have also been applied to international travel and only air bubble services from India have been allowed on specific routes.

2. Kerala to have the world’s largest Elephant cure and care facility

The rehabilitation facility for elephants near Kottoor is now undergoing enhanced upgradation to meet international standards. The center can now accommodate 50 elephants enclosed by nets and poles in their natural habitat. This initiative was taken by Kerala infrastructure and investment fund board for conservation and protection of elephants. As per the current plan, reservoirs and dams will be constructed to provide a natural ecosystem for the elephants as much as possible. It is viewed as a huge opportunity to employ the locals as well as major tourist spot in the coming future.

3. Travelers rejoice as Dharamshala receives fresh snowfall

People and tourists in Dharamshala woke to the great view as Dhauladhar range peaks was covered in fresh snow. Photos and videos on social media created a glistening buzz. Ever since the unlock has been slowly taking place in every part of the country, Himachal Pradesh has seen a rise in the community of travelers visiting the state. Short trips, hikes and treks were already on the go and with the snowfall at the upper regions, tourism activities are going to see a steep pick up in the area.

Last Updated: November 1, 2020

1. International Flights suspended till November 30th

International flights have been suspended since March 23rd. But, the Government of India allowed scheduled flights on selected routes on a case to case basis. Special flights have also been operating since May under the Vande Bharat mission with selected countries. Until now, India has been able to operate special flights with 18 countries provided by certain airlines. Under the guidelines of Unlock 5.0, international flights were supposed to resume from September 30th. The Government then announced October 31st, while now the date has been pushed even further.

2. Delhi Airport is now the World’s Second Safest Airport

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport just bagged the title of ‘World’s second safest airport’ during this Covid-19 pandemic. It gave the first spot away to Singapore’s Changi Airport by just one point. Indira Gandhi airport is safest for taking measures like RT-PCR testing laboratory, UV-based disinfection process, completely touchless travel and for the development of AIR SUVIDHA portal for easy arrival of international passengers. Delhi secured a score of 4.6 on a scale of 5, while Singapore scored 4.7.

3. You can now name the Northern Lights yourself

Visit Artic Europe, is an organization that promotes travel in Sweden, Finland and Norway. It is now inviting people to name the storms that are responsible for causing the northern lights. The programme director stated that the names will let the storms have their own identity making them easier to address. Previously, the names were chosen from Nordic history related to Sweden, Finland and Norway. But now, any admirer can choose a name and explain a story behind it. If the idea is selected, their name will be displayed on Artic’s Instagram page as well as in the Naming Aurora’s website.

4. Mauritius offers Long Term Visa for Remote Workers amidst Covid-19

Mauritius tourism is offering travel visa for a year to non-citizens. While we are all stuck at home with work, Mauritius is offering us a change of location for our work from home activities. The people eligible for this visa include retirees, remote workers, visitors, and parents of children studying in the country. If you are employed in the country or plan to, you are not eligible. Eligible candidates are expected to have business outside of the island, are supposed to provide documents of purpose of visit, accommodation, medical and travel insurance.

5. Casinos in Goa reopens from November 1st

Since the beginning of October, the prime attractions of Goa like beach shacks and water sports have been opening at a gradual pace. It is now time for the casinos to set stage. The Chief minister announced that casinos will reopen starting November 1st with 50 percent capacity. While the casinos used to pay the license fee on a yearly basis earlier, the Chief minister also announced that they have to pay it on a monthly basis now. There are 6 on-shore casinos and 10 of them operate out of five-star hotels. All of them are strictly advised to follow the SOP guidelines necessary to keep Covid-19 at bay.

Last Updated: October 25, 2020

1. Indian Government restores all existing visas

The Government of India decided to restore all existing visas on Thursday, since their suspension for 7 months. This includes oversee citizens of Indian card holders, person of Indian origin card holders and foreign nationals for purposes of business, employment, studies and conferences among the lot. Tourism visa is still under suspension under further notice. People wanting a medical visa need to re-apply for a new one and they will be issued an electronic visa with validity of 1 month.

2. North Goa opens beach shacks from November

While the tourism in Goa has been picking up since the relaxation of lockdown across states, Goa is yet to take a major step. The tourist department has announced to open beach shacks in north goa. This coast includes beaches Calangute, Candolim and Anjuna. This is going to be a plus point for travelers visiting Goa during the holiday season. Plus, the owners of the shacks feel relaxed to have this implemented.

3. Train services from Kalka – Shimla reopens

The heritage train route from Kalka to Shimla has resumes after six months. The decision was made as a way to attract more tourists during this festive season. The train can accommodate 100 passengers and bookings are expected to be full in the next few days. The respective authorities have stressed that they are going to follow strict measures and ensure safety of all passengers. This particular Kalka-Shimla railway was also identified as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008.

4. Hawaii reopens tourism after 7 months

Hawaii is now open to tourists after being in lockdown for 7 months. On the very first day of reopening, the state recorded a whooping number of 8000 tourists. The tourists are not mandated to 14 days quarantine, if they possess a Covid-19 negative report 72 hours before arrival. The travelers are also supposed to create a profile on ‘safe travels’ website for the authorities to keep a track of their whereabouts and take necessary actions whenever needed.

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