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Doing away with quarantine requirement will infuse confidence in the tourism industry: Stakeholders

In its revised guidelines, the Ministry of Health has scrapped the mandatory seven-day home quarantine requirement effective February 14. The new guidelines say, passengers are required to self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival and isolate in case they develop symptoms of Covid-19.

Terming the government’s decision as morale booster, Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI, said, “A much-awaited move that will certainly boost the morale of travellers planning to visit India, and open up employment and business opportunities for the travel trade fraternity which is on the verge of collapse due to the pandemic.” She added that TAAI’s efforts finally yielded fruitful results today when the Government announced waiving off the home quarantine for international passengers starting from 14th February. “A special appreciation goes to the Ministry of Tourism from the Travel Trade for their sincere and well-coordinated efforts to help combat the aftermath of the pandemic and revival of businesses,” said Mayal.

Vishal Suri, Managing Director, SOTC Travel Limited, said that the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health comes as a great relief to travellers and a move welcomed by the travel and tourism industry. Travellers from 82 countries can now submit their primary vaccination certificate and are not required to submit the mandatory 72-hour RT-PCR report. “This relaxation of guidelines, positions our country as an easy to travel destination with simple processes while maintaining required health and safety protocols as well. It infuses the much required confidence in travel. Further, we also eagerly await for the resumption of scheduled international flights to restart our road to recovery,” said Suri.

According to Jay Bhatia, Vice-President, TAAI, “The move will infuse confidence in the industry, as well as the travellers, to look at India as a must-visit destination, especially post-pandemic.”

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