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Imtiaz Ullah
Imtiaz Ullahhttps://nomadlawyer.org/about/
Imtiaz Ullah is the founder of travel website - NomadLawyer. A Corporate Lawyer, Senior Travel Correspondent, The Traveller Trails magazine and also acts as an Advisory Member, NGO - Sarvahitey. His travel philosophy is exploring new places, meeting new people, knowing the culture, eating like a local. He always believes in the idea-“ Don't just be a traveller but a Responsible one”.

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Travel and hospitality industry is one of the worst affected by the Covid outbreak .

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The World Travel and Tourism Council has warned the COVID-19 pandemic could cut 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industry.

Asia is expected to be the worst affected.

Once the outbreak is over, it could take up to 10 months for the industry to recover.

The tourism industry currently accounts for 10% of global GDP.

The coronavirus epidemic is putting up to 50 million jobs in the global travel and tourism sector at risk, with travel likely to slump by a quarter this year, Asia being the most affected continent, the World Travel and Tourism Council has said.

Source – Reuters

In order to provide even more details about what’s happening, we’re bringing together all the important updates.

Here is the link for the safety measures: https://nomadlawyer.org/staging/blogs/coronavirus-2019-protection-measures-and-impact-of-coronavirus/

Some important updates on Tourism Sector due to corona virus outbreak, that you should not miss.

A Joint Statement on Tourism and COVID-19 – UNWTO and WHO Call for Responsibility and Coordination

Source: World Health Organization

As the current outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are committed to working together in guiding the travel and tourism sectors’ response to COVID-19.

On 30 January 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and issued a set of Temporary Recommendations. WHO did not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available. WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and the global community on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

Cooperation is key

The tourism sector is fully committed to putting people and their well-being first. International cooperation is vital for ensuring the sector can effectively contribute to the containment of COVID-19. UNWTO and WHO are working in close consultation and with other partners to assist States in ensuring that health measures be implemented in ways that minimize unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade.

Tourism’s response needs to be measured and consistent, proportionate to the public health threat and based on local risk assessment, involving every part of the tourism value chain – public bodies, private companies and tourists, in line with WHO’s overall guidance and recommendations.

UNWTO and WHO stand ready to work closely with all those communities and countries affected by the current health emergency, to build for a better and more resilient future. Travel restrictions going beyond these may cause unnecessary interference with international traffic, including negative repercussions on the tourism sector.

At this challenging time, UNWTO and WHO join the international community in standing in solidarity with affected countries.

Source- WHO

In view of positive cases of coronavirus infection being detected from neighbouring states and Chandigarh (UT), the Himachal Pradesh government on Thursday decided to ban the entry of all tourists, domestic or foreign, in the hill state till further orders.

The state government has appealed to the tourists to reschedule their visit to the state. Entry of tourists has been banned in exercise of the powers conferred by the Clause-3 of the Himachal Pradesh Epidemic Disease (Covid-19) Regulations, 2020 notified on March 14 under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897.

Source- Times of India

Link:

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/shimla/amid-coronavirus-scare-entry-of-tourists-banned-in-himachal-pradesh/amp_articleshow/74715885.cms

Coronavirus outbreak: India bans international flights till March 28

No commercial aircraft shall land in India after midnight falling between March 21 and March 22 till midnight falling between March 28 and March 29.

Source- Business Today.

Link: https://www.businesstoday.in/sectors/aviation/coronavirus-outbreak-india-bans-international-flights-for-a-week-from-march-22/story/398709.html

Indian airports and carriers have implemented several measures proactively to try and curb the spread of Covid-19 from overseas by effectively managing international passengers, but they need to bring the same rigour to domestic operations as well, said employees and experts.

Overseas services will be sharply curtailed until the end of the month , with entries from Europe having been barred. Mandatory quarantine measures may also discourage others from travelling.

Source- Economic Times

Link:

https://m.economictimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/covid-19-precautions-time-to-ring-fence-domestic-air-operations-too/articleshow/74682886.cms

India is temporarily suspending all tourist visas amid the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak effective Friday, March 13. 

“All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020,” the Indian Health Ministry tweeted Wednesday.

Source- The Hill

Link: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/487101-india-suspending-all-tourist-visas-amid-coronavirus-pandemic

Coronavirus: Tourism in Thailand hit by Covid-19

Source- BBC

Link:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51796812

Indonesia will suspend its visa-on-arrival policy for a month from Friday to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus in the archipelago.

Soure- Al Jazeera

 Link:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/die-fears-future-indonesia-tourism-hotspot-200319064307505.html

In response to a spate of new cases of COVID-19, Vietnam is stepping up its measures to stop the virus from entering and spreading within the country. 

All travellers are advised to monitor their health closely and take precautions before coming to Vietnam. Once in the country, you will need to follow the instructions and regulations of the Vietnam Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To help prepare you for what you can expect in Vietnam at this time, below is an outline of new policies related to travel, as well as the health precautions Vietnam is requiring of all inbound visitors.

Link:

https://vietnam.travel/things-to-do/covid-19-travel-policies-vietnam?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social+followers+boosted+articles

30 outstation trains cancelled till April 1 amid coronavirus outbreak

The Central Railway has cancelled 30 more outstation trains till April 1 ,mainly due to low occupancy, as people have been advised to avoid non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Source- Economic Times.

Link:

https://m.economictimes.com/industry/transportation/railways/coronavirus-30-outstation-trains-cancelled-till-april-1/articleshow/74711287.cms

Table of cancelled trains to and from North East India.

We Hope that life will return to normal soon and decisions could be made to find a way forward

That’s all for today.

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