04/04/2020

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Coronavirus impact: Visa ban set to hit charter tourist arrivals in Goa

The coronavirus scare has abruptly slash limited the charter tourism period in Goa midway with visas for intercontinental travellers acquiring suspended from March 13 midnight onwards.

India on Wednesday suspended all visas, besides a couple types these as diplomatic and employment, till April 15 in a bid to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. The suspension will arrive into impact from March 13 midnight.

With this, the previously struggling point out tourism industry is staring at large losses as it is dependent on foreign travellers to a big extent for profits technology.

Goa Airport Director Gagan Malik said the actual scenario on chartered flights, which provide vacationers to the point out, will be clear only in the wee several hours of March fourteen.

All those who are flying right before five.thirty am of March fourteen will be authorized to enter in the region. But looking at the recent scenario, it seems difficult that any charters will arrive now, he said.

Malik said the airport was expecting sixty-70 a lot more chartered flights to get there till finish of the May perhaps, when tourist period finishes.

Now, vacant charters will get there to just take again the vacationers to their locations in the times to arrive, he said.

 

Journey and Tourism Association of Goa President Savio Messiah said the chartered period will arrive to an early finish with the ban on visas.

We want to approach the governing administration seeking exemption for Russian travellers from the visa ban. Russia is not influenced by the coronavirus, he said.

But it seems unlikely that the Centre will hear to the request as scare is widespread. We have to seem at the challenge from broader viewpoint, he included.

During the past tourist period, 250 chartered flights experienced arrived from various countries, such as Russia and the United kingdom. The collapse of travel organization Thomas Cook dinner in the United kingdom past yr experienced severely influenced chartered flights to Goa.