To boost tourism to India, foreign tourists visiting India might soon be offered attractive Covid-19 insurance policies. This move is currently planned by the Tourism Ministry of India.
Speaking about this, the Additional Director General of Tourism Ministry Rupinder Brar said that the department is currently studying insurance policies that have been introduced by Singapore and other countries.
As per reports, over 10.9 million tourists visited India in the year 2019, and in 2020 due to the pandemic situation, there has been a huge downfall. Moreover, to prevent the virus from spreading, the government introduced lockdown and suspended tourist visas as part of lockdown measures. This bought domestic tourism to a standstill.
Although tourist visas will be suspended for a while, the tourism ministry is making efforts to assure foreign tourists of their safety and is working out ways to increase tourism. Also, the ministry is also planning to run promotional campaigns that will highlight various tourist attractions within the country.
Recently, the Indian government also relaxed restrictions on Business Visas. Meanwhile, the travel bodies urged the government to relax tourist visas too. Speaking about this, Subhash Goyal, Secretary-General of Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality suggested that the government should start to increase tourism by offering e-visas to citizens of the countries with which India shares travel bubble agreements.
However, the government is taking steps in phases regarding inbound travel and is currently focusing on boosting domestic tourism. It is also taking additional safety measures by releasing travel videos taken in airports and by airlines.