“As corona decreases, we will start national and international tourism. The announcement will be made soon and there is a possibility of it beginning after October 15,” Naik told reporters on the occasion of a Gandhi Jayanti function here.
“International flights have started and we have requested for charter flights to resume by a particular date so that people can book trips to India and nowhere else,” he added.
International charter flights account for a bulk of the foreign tourist footfalls to Goa.
Earlier this month, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had forwarded a request made by travel and tourism industry stakeholders to the Union Home Affairs Ministry urging the latter to grant permissions to international charter flights at the earliest.
India Might Begin “Reciprocal Tourism” Soon
As India hopes to restart traveller visas and permit global visitors after a hole of one-and-a-half years, “reciprocal tourism” might be the way forward, as per sources in the Ministry of Tourism.
On Wednesday, while tending to the Global Covid Summit facilitated by US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said, “We likewise need to zero in on tending to the pandemic’s monetary impacts. Keeping that in mind, global travel ought to be made simpler through shared acknowledgement of immunization declarations.”
The date and modalities for opening up of the country to unfamiliar travellers are being examined by authorities from the Union Home Ministry (which settles on visas) with every one of the partners, including authorities from the Ministry of Tourism, state governments and visit administrators’ affiliations.