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

The coronavirus scare has abruptly cut short the constitution tourism period in Goa halfway with visas for international travellers acquiring suspended from March thirteen midnight onwards.

India on Wednesday suspended all visas, apart from a several types such as diplomatic and employment, until April fifteen in a bid to consist of the distribute of novel coronavirus. The suspension will arrive into effect from March thirteen midnight.

With this, the currently struggling state tourism business is staring at big losses as it depends on foreign travellers to a big extent for income generation.

Goa Airport Director Gagan Malik explained the genuine circumstance on chartered flights, which convey vacationers to the state, will be clear only in the wee hours of March fourteen.

Those who are flying just before 5.thirty am of March fourteen will be permitted to enter in the country. But taking into consideration the present circumstance, it seems to be hard that any charters will arrive now, he explained.

Malik explained the airport was anticipating 60-70 additional chartered flights to arrive until conclusion of the May perhaps, when vacationer period ends.

Now, vacant charters will arrive to acquire back again the vacationers to their locations in the times to arrive, he explained.


Travel and Tourism Association of Goa President Savio Messiah explained the chartered period will arrive to an early conclusion with the ban on visas.

We want to solution the federal government looking for exemption for Russian travellers from the visa ban. Russia is not affected by the coronavirus, he explained.

But it seems to be unlikely that the Centre will hear to the ask for as scare is prevalent. We have to look at the situation from broader viewpoint, he added.

During the past vacationer period, 250 chartered flights experienced arrived from distinctive international locations, like Russia and the British isles. The collapse of journey company Thomas Prepare dinner in the British isles past 12 months experienced seriously affected chartered flights to Goa.