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

The coronavirus scare has abruptly slice small the constitution tourism year in Goa halfway with visas

The coronavirus scare has abruptly slice small the constitution tourism year in Goa halfway with visas for international travellers obtaining suspended from March 13 midnight onwards.

India on Wednesday suspended all visas, other than a couple of types these types of as diplomatic and employment, until April 15 in a bid to consist of the unfold of novel coronavirus. The suspension will appear into effect from March 13 midnight.

With this, the currently struggling condition tourism sector is staring at substantial losses as it is dependent on international travellers to a substantial extent for profits era.

Goa Airport Director Gagan Malik said the precise condition on chartered flights, which provide travellers to the condition, will be obvious only in the wee hours of March 14.

Those people who are traveling in advance of 5.thirty am of March 14 will be allowed to enter in the country. But thinking about the recent condition, it seems hard that any charters will appear now, he said.

Malik said the airport was expecting sixty-70 much more chartered flights to arrive until finish of the May possibly, when tourist year ends.

Now, vacant charters will arrive to take again the travellers to their locations in the days to appear, he said.


Travel and Tourism Association of Goa President Savio Messiah said the chartered year will appear to an early finish with the ban on visas.

We want to approach the government searching for 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 listen to the ask for as scare is widespread. We have to appear at the difficulty from broader viewpoint, he extra.

Throughout the final tourist year, 250 chartered flights had arrived from distinctive countries, together with Russia and the United kingdom. The collapse of travel business Thomas Cook dinner in the United kingdom final 12 months had seriously influenced chartered flights to Goa.