Published on : Monday, September 20, 2021
In the middle of a plunge in infection cases related to Covid in India, the country may soon reopen its international boundaries for foreign tourists for the first time in one-and-a-half years, officials said.
Initially, five lakh tourists from abroad will be issued visas for free in an effort to revitalize tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors that are hit poorly by the pandemic since March 2020 when lockdown was announced countrywide.
All the top officials of the Union Home Ministry are deliberating with the stakeholders on the tentative date and modalities for reopening the country to the foreign tourists.
Within the next 10 days, a formal statement will be released allowing foreign tourists to visit India, an official from the Home Ministry said.
This decision has been taken keeping in mind the drop in the number of COVID-19 cases in India.
30,773 new cases on Sunday were reported while active cases had dropped to 3.32 lakh.
As on Saturday, COVID-19 vaccination coverage in India has also crossed 80 crore.
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