COVID-19 update: Saudi Arabia bans flights to India and 15 other nations

In a recent development, Saudi Arabia has banned all international flights to India and 15 other nations following the re-outbreak of Coronavirus. The country has banned its citizens from travelling to these 16 countries due to the increasing numbers of daily COVID cases over the past few weeks. Apparently, on Sunday, India reported more than 2000 new Coronavirus cases. The other countries include Turkey, Vietnam, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Lebanon, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Armenia, Belarus, and Venezuela. On the other hand, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also said that the COVID-19 pandemic is “most certainly not over,”. Though there’s been a decline in reported cases since the omicron wave, the pandemic is not yet gone.

Israel to remove pre-departure COVID-19 testing for tourists from May 21

In a bid to boost tourism, Israel has announced to remove pre-arrival testing for tourists from May 21. The latest COVID-19 travel update was shared by the Israel Ministry of Tourism wherein it said that the rule will go into effect at 12:01 AM on May 21 and it will be applicable to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. The country is also removing the need to get tested upon arrival, making it easier for travellers. But visitors will still have to fill an entry statement form before their departure. Eyal Carlin, the tourism commissioner for North America, told a leading travel website, “This new development in Israel’s testing and entry requirements is another fantastic step in being able to welcome visitors back to Israel.”He further said that with tourists planning their summer and fall trips now, this will make travelling to Israel simpler. The tourism department hopes that this new relaxation in restrictions will allow for even more visitors to enjoy the country.

Chile’s famous Easter Island to reopen for tourism soon

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, Easter Island, Chile, will be open for tourism. August 1 is the date that the island destination will be officially open after two long years. The island is located approximately 3,500 km west of the coast of Chile. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the southern Pacific Ocean region. Also called Rapa Nui, Easter Island is most famous for the moais, the mysterious stone statues that stand tall like sentinels. Tourism is the island’s main source of revenue, and the reopening of the island for travellers is welcomed. At present, there is only one weekly flight to Easter Island but that will change from August onwards. Up to three flights a week will be made available for tourists.

Rohtang Pass to remain open for vehicular movement throughout the week

The popular Rohtang pass will now remain accessible throughout the week. After remaining closed for civilian movement, including tourists,, every Tuesday, the pass will now stay open seven days a week.An official in the know-how informed the media, adding that this will help them meet the tourism demand. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) keeps the Manali-Rohtang highway shut every Tuesday in order to carry out the maintenance work of the highway, the reason why no vehicle is allowed to go beyond Gulaba. However, now, taking steps in line with the demand from tourism stakeholders, and with less traffic burden on this road after opening of the Atal tunnel, the district administration has taken the decision to keep the highway open for vehicular movement on Tuesdays as well.

Arunachal Pradesh unlocks new travel destinations

The recently concluded Trans Arunachal Drive (TAD) brought out many new travel destinations. The TAD covered a total of 2000 km across Arunachal, from the valleys to the mountains, unravelling many new places for us to explore. A lot of Arunachal is yet to be explored. The remote areas especially hold such unique and beautiful experiences for travellers and explorers. TAD showcased places like Rima, Lishu, Bomjir, Geku, Maryang, Kambu and Gori as Arunachal’s new driving destinations. At present, the state has some connectivity issues, due to which, areas like Upper Subansiri and Dibang Valley are still not in the tourism circuit. Local travellers aside, these places don’t see a lot of out-of-state visitors. This issue of connectivity is one of the important aspects that the state government is actively going to look into.


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  • Kolkata is now home to country’s first-ever post office cafe

  • Vadnagar to be Gujarat’s new heritage-tourism destination soon

  • Matheran, Asia’s only car-free hill station, will soon have e-rickshaws on roads

 Source : TOI