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New Delhi, March 26, 2020, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced some measures to deal with the economic distress caused due to coronavirus. The country is already facing complete lockdown at the moment which is making the situation tough for daily wage earners. The finance minister also tweeted about the announcement of an economic relief package of 1.7 lakh crore by the government on her twitter account. 

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The 21-day complete lockdown announced by PM Narendra Modi will definitely affect the revenue of many companies. Also will hit them hard. Many companies have revised downfall in their Q4 economic growth projections. And also estimated downfall in the growth estimates for next fiscal year FY 2021.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday that the Centre is supporting various state governments in relief for the poor. 

The announcement of the economic relief package worth 1.7 lakh crore by government is made under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana. It will bring relief to the urban and rural poor, migrant workers and women in the bottom of the socio-economic grade. 

Also the finance minister had already announced some measures on Tuesday that included extension of tax deadlines. Also easing the minimum balance norms for savings accounts. Plus increasing threshold of insolvency filing to Rs 1 crore from Rs 1 lakh. 

What is PM Garib Kalyan Scheme:

PM Garib Kalyan Scheme will entail Rs 1.7 lakh crore (Economic Relief Package)

  • It will include both cash transfer and food security.
  • Also it will provide insurance cover worth Rs 50 lakh for sanitation workers, ASHA workers, doctors, nurses, paramedics in case they need it as they are on the frontlines of the corona battle.
  • Over and above 5kg of rice/wheat, another 5 kg per person is specified free to around 80 crore people through PDS. Besides, one kg of preferred and region specific choice of pulse will also be given.

D K Agaarwal – President PHD Chamber said – “The inclusion of extra Anna in the existing Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, keeping in view the regional preferences and the essential nutrition intake, is highly appreciated.” Also he said, this will go a long way in maintaining the nutrition of the poor and also restrain a situation of panic in the current times.

Benefits Of The Economic Relief Fund – PM Garib Kalyan Yojana

Farmers: First instalment of Rs 2,000 of PM Kisan will be given in the first week of April. 8.69 cr farmers will get immediate benefit out of it.

MNREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act): Increase in wage rate from Rs 182 to Rs 202 amounting to an increase of Rs 2000 per worker. And it will benefit 5 crore people.

Old Age/Widows: Ex-gratia of Rs 1,000 for next three months available in two instalments. It will benefit 3 crore widows and senior citizens.

Women Jan Dhan Account Holders: Ex gratia of Rs 500 per month for next three months. This will benefit 20 crore women.

Women Ujjawala Scheme Beneficiaries: For 3 months, free cylinders. Will benefit 8.3 crore BPL families.

Women Self Help Groups: Under the Deen Dayal National Livelihood Mission, collateral free loan will be given up to Rs 20 lakh from Rs 10 lakh earlier. Impact on 7 crore holders through 63 lakh SHGs.

Organised sector: Government of India will pay the EPF contribution. It will include both of the employer and the employee put together 24% for next three months. This is for those establishments with up to 100 employees, 90% of them earning less than Rs 15,000.

For the organised sector: EPFO regulation will be amended so that workers can draw up to 75% for their contingency expenditure non-refundable advance or three months of wages in advance whichever is less. This will benefit 4.8 cr workers.

Construction Workers: The State government has been directed to use the welfare fund for building & construction labourers which has around Rs 31,000 crore to help those who are facing economic disruption because of the lockdown.

District mineral fund: States will use this fund to supplement and augment all kind of medical testing and screening activities.

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has spread globally affecting over 190 countries, thousands are infected and others dead. The number for recoveries is still not upto the mark. Also there have been complete lockdowns and curfews have been announced all over the world, no wonder the situation is quite stressful.  

As per reports, On March 3, 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, reported a 3.4% mortality rate from COVID-19. Although, it is very difficult to determine the mortality rate for coronavirus. 

According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO), a lockdown is not enough to eradicate coronavirus from the world. The situation demands to invest the lockdown time to find a cure for the virus.

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Mr  Ghebreyesus said in a daily briefing, “To slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries introduced “lockdown” measures. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics. We call on all countries to use this time to attack the coronavirus. You have created a 2nd window of opportunity.”


He also added – “Asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement is buying time and reducing the pressure on health systems. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics.”

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Considering his statements, he urges to take the lockdowns as an opportunity to solve the problem. Nevertheless, his main concern is how the countries decide to use the lockdown time to stop the spread, since just staying indoors will not solve the problem. Also he said, “We call on all countries who have introduced so-called lockdown measures, to use this time to attack the virus. You have created a second window of opportunity, the question is how will you use it?”

“Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace is not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economic restrictions. But they’re also the best way to prevent them.” the WHO chief added.

It is pretty much clear that the chief believes that aggressive measures of testing and treating patients should come into play. And this is the only way we can be anywhere near to finding a cure for COVID-19.

Based on WHO’s Coronavirus daily reports

The total number infected cases – 478,341 

Total number of deaths – 21,524

The total number of recoveries –   115,665

And this still leaves 341,152 active cases globally.

Feature Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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New Delhi, The Home Ministry on Tuesday released detailed guidelines on the measures to be taken at the central and state level to contain the Covid-19 epidemic. The guidelines were issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announced three-week nationwide lockdown from midnight of March 24, 2020. He warned that if these 21 days are not observed as a lockdown, it will take India back 21 years. The lockdown is mandatory for the whole nation, which includes 32 states/UTs. 

The 32 states/ UTs that have been under full lockdown include: 

  1. Assam
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Arunachal Pradesh
  4. Bihar
  5. Chhattisgarh
  6. Chandigarh
  7. Delhi
  8. Goa 
  9. Gujarat
  10. Himachal Pradesh
  11. Haryana
  12. Jammu Kashmir
  13. Jharkhand
  14. Kerala
  15. Karnataka
  16. Ladakh
  17. Maharashtra
  18. Meghalaya
  19. Mizoram
  20. Manipur
  21. Nagaland
  22. Punjab
  23. Rajasthan
  24. Sikkim
  25. Tripura
  26. Telangana
  27. Tamil Nadu
  28. Uttarakhand
  29. West Bengal
  30. Daman Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli
  31. Puducherry
  32. Andaman and Nicobar

Below are the phone numbers for the above states for any COVID-19 emergency: 

CM Kejriwal stated the need to observe social distancing and urged people to stay indoors at all costs. Both Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal clarified some of the pressing queries regarding the lockdown in the national capital. 

What is Complete Lockdown?

Complete Lockdown is meant to restrict movement of people and avoid the social gathering among the citizens. This would in turn break the chain of transmission of Coronavirus. The complete lockdown has been imposed on several cities across India. 

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Policemen stop and check ID cards of Commuters on the Gurgaon-Delhi border after lockdown in Gurgaon on Monday.
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The complete lockdown in India has been imposed under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. In case of an outbreak of an epidemic, this act empowers the district administration to seal the borders of the district to check the spread of the disease. When a lockdown is announced, the movement of people is restricted and no person from outside is allowed to enter the area which is under lockdown.

Services that are considered essential and will remain open are:
  • Services related to health, food, water and power supply will remain available
  • Police, home guards, civil defense, disaster management, fire & emergency services and prisons.
  • Dairies, grocery shops, chemists and petrol pumps will remain open
  • Services like print and electronic media, telecom, internet and the post will remain open
  • All shops, commercial establishments, factories, workshops , offices, godowns, weekly bazaar, etc. shall close their operations during this period.
  • Restaurants are allowed to provide takeaway and home delivery.
  • Persons associated with essential services will be allowed to go to their destinations during the lockdown.
  • DTC buses shall operate at not more than 25 per cent capacity to cater to personnel engaged in essential services. 
  • In case of a funeral, a congregation of not more than 20 people will be permitted. 
Restrictions:

Any congregation of more than 4 people is prohibited and punishable by law.

All construction activity is suspended.

All religious places are closed.

People have to stay home and can only come out for basic services in the vicinity of their residences while practicing social distancing.

Any person found violating this shall be prosecuted and punished with imprisonment or fine or both under the sections of the IPC as per the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897. Read more.

Here are key takeaways for Delhi in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown.

No shortage

Arvind Kejriwal said there is no need to panic and that there will be no shortage of essential commodities in the market. People should not resort to panic buying.

“After PM Modi’s speech, yesterday people started lining up at shops for essential services. I again appeal to people to not panic buying, I assure everyone that there will be no shortage of essential services,” the CM said.

“I assure every person of Delhi that there will be no reduction in the supply of essential items for the next 3 weeks. In this difficult time, your every need will be taken care of,” he had tweeted yesterday.

E-passes for essential service providers

“We will issue passes for those providing essential services, E-passes will be provided to those who need to open their shops and factories for these services,” Kejriwal said adding that grocery, medicines, medical services and other essential services and operations will continue uninterrupted for the citizens.

Arvind Kejriwal and Baijal had assured earlier today that no one will sleep hungry in the city during the lockdown. Delhi government will provide free meals at a ‘Rain Basera’ (shelter) on Baba Kharak Singh Marg. 

The e-Pass will be for grocery shops, milk plant workers and others. Kejriwal said once the e-passes are issued, one can open shops related to essential commodities.

“A helpline number will be activated for that in a few hours.”

Helpline number

Kejriwal said that the Delhi Police Commissioner has introduced a helpline number at his office. “If you face any difficulty you can call at this number. The number is: 011-23469536,” he said.

The chief minister said that a helpline number will be issued for those who need to get their e-passes made.

Although, MyGov has already launched a whatsapp helpline number to answer all your queries regarding the epidemic of COVID-19.

Directive to landlords

It has been said that a strict action will be taken against landlords and house owners who force doctors, paramedical staff, healthcare personnel to vacate their rented residences amid the outbreak. The move comes after receiving complaints from healthcare personnel and medical officials. “Such behaviour obstructs amounts to obstructing public servants in discharging their duties,” the order read.

Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also appealed to the landlords to be considerate for 1-2 months and accept rents in installments if the tenant cannot instantly make arrangements.

For those hit by lockdown

The complete lockdown is definitely bound to hit the daily-wage earners. Concerning this issue, Kejriwal on Tuesday made an announcement stating that the Delhi government will give Rs 5,000 to every construction worker in Delhi so that they can make a living.

Yesterday on March 24, 2020, CM Kejrival tweeted that in the last 24 hours there was no new case of Coronavirus which was registered. 

So let’s all take the lockdown solemnly because we have seen many instances on social media about people still not taking the epidemic seriously. It’s just a matter of 21 days and if we all can just stay at home, we will definitely be contributing our role in the fight against corona. Stay at home and don’t panic. I guess this is the least we can do to show our support to the government. Stay safe and avoid any kind of gathering. Afterall, we all have always wanted to work from home, and now that we are getting the opportunity, we are totally against it. 

In recent times, the number of cases are increasing in India and we really don’t want the same situation which is in Italy at the moment. If we all follow the lockdown, we can fight with COVID-19. 

The updated report of COVID-19 for India states: 

Total Cases – 562

New Cases – +26

Total Deaths – 10

Total Recovered – 40

Activa Cases – 512

The reports are taken from world meters

The Statewise Reports

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On March 20, 2020- The Government of India took another measure to clear queries about the COVID-19 or Coronavirus. But with more positive cases of COVID-19 the steps seem to be necessary and important. MyGov launched whatsapp number number for COVID-19. The whatsapp number is 9013151515. You just need to save the number in the contacts list and send a “Hi” message to this number to get a response for your query. The WhatsApp Chatbot is called MyGov Corona Helpdesk and is available to all Whatsapp users. The responses that this bot will generate will be automated, the idea being to clarify and provide correct information about most queries that people may have about this fast spreading illness.

The National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA) said in a tweet, “The Government has created WhatsApp Chatbot on Corona. It is called MyGov Corona Helpdesk. Just save on WhatsApp 9013151515 and you will get an automated response on queries related to Corona.”

Whatsapp # 9013151515

Referring to this, Minister of Railways and Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal tweeted, “Prepare, Don’t Panic: Government launches MyGov Corona Helpdesk on WhatsApp for alerting citizens & disseminating information.”

Also couple of days before the government launched the helpline number for all states. The number for Delhi is 011-23978046, and toll-free number 1075. In case you have to clear any doubts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, you can email on email- ncov2019@gov.in.

Whatapp Helpline 9013151515

Below are the helpline numbers for other states too for the reference.

State Helpline NO

As of March 19, 2020, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Government of India has reported 171 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus infection in India. 

Yesterday on March 19, 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to not panic, avoid panic buying. Also he requested to remain indoors as much as possible and work from home. He has called for a Junta Curfew on Sunday, March 22, and requested citizens to not leave their homes between 7am and 9pm. Also asked the citizens to 

Globally, the Coronavirus confirmed infections have crossed the 244517 mark.

If planning to cancel upcoming traveling plans then read about airline waiver on change fee and cancellation due to coronavirus

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Learn About Your Air Passenger Rights?

There are millions of people who travel each year, but many of them are unaware about their air passenger rights to protect them. WorldTravelFeed will help you understand them and help you how you can file a claim and get compensation for flight delay or cancellation.

Air passenger rights involves laws that protects and supports the travelers. In case of any flight interruptions, they get compensated. 

Although the rights vary from country to country. In the United States, there are some laws that protects travelers in case of overbooked flights or any tarmac delay. But Europe’s EC 216 is more beneficial for travelers any day as it is more comprehensive and offers compensation for flight delay or cancellation in a range of situations. 

Clearly as a matter of fact, 85% of travelers are unaware about their air passenger rights. 

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WorldTravelFeed is there for your help regarding any issues you face during your next air travel related to the air passenger rights. Airhelp is committed to serve the travel community with information regarding travelers rights. It is our mission to help travelers to get compensation for flight delay or cancellation. Apart from this, what’s more, Airhelp seeks to simplify specific legal statues that are on your side, so that you know what the laws do and how you can effectively approach a wide variety of flight disruptions beyond your control. Also we help people that experience flight delays, flight cancellations, denied boarding, baggage problems, and missed connections.

Individual countries abide by their individual air passengers rights. Few of these are namely Europe’s EC 261, the Montreal Convention, Brazil’s ANAC 400 and various US laws.

Airhelp says “So far, we’ve helped 16 million travelers and we also provide additional technological tools for travelers in their flight compensation quests”

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Europe’s EC 261 

EC 261/2004 is a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council in EU law that favors the passengers. EC 261 establishes common rules and sets the minimum standards on financial compensation and assistance to passengers in the events of denied boarding, flight cancellations, long delay and downgrade. It holds airlines financially accountable when any air disruption is caused under the airline’s control. Any circumstances, which is outside the airline’s control is not included in air passenger rights. 

The law plays a vital role for passenger rights which is not limited to only European travelers. In short all the passengers departing from a European airport are covered under EC 261. Hence in some cases, passengers who are flying into Europe from other international destinations may be covered as well. In comparison to other laws, EC 261 is one of the most comprehensive.

To clarify the airlines are financially and legally responsible for the flight issues. However the compensation depends upon the flight destination and flight scenario. Under EC 261, in most cases you can get reimbursement of upto $700 per person. 

The scenarios covered under the EC 261 are:

However the amount of compensation which a passenger is entitled will depend upon many factors like distance traveled and amount of time you are delayed reaching your destination. 

EU Airline Compensation

Most routes within Europe and many international flights are covered under EC 261. If your flight departs from an airport in the EU, it’s covered. If your flight departs from elsewhere but your destination is in the EU, coverage depends on the airline ⎯ if it’s a European carrier, you’re covered.

Here’s a chart to understand it better : 

ITINERARY EU AIR CARRIERNON EU AIR CARRIER
From inside the EU to inside the EUCovered Covered
From inside the EU to outside the EUCoveredCovered
From outside the EU to inside the EUCoveredNot Covered
From outside the EU to outside the EUNot CoveredNot Covered

In some cases, disrupted flights outside the EU may be eligible under EC 261 if they connect to a covered flight that is with the same carrier and part of the same flight reservation (under one booking reference number).

What’s not Covered?

In case of any extraordinary circumstances which is outside the control of the airlines, will not be covered under the EC 261. And in such cases there is no compensation from the airlines. 

You will not be eligible for compensation if your delay was because of any of the below reasons. Although, the airlines should show that they have taken necessary measures to prevent the delay.

Extraordinary Circumstances
Strikes initiated by airport employees or air traffic control
Political unrest
Inclement Weather
Security Risk

Your rights under EC 261

Here are some of the passenger rights under EC 261 relating to your treatment.

Obligation to inform passengers for their rights

Above all the first and foremost right is to be informed about the content of EC 261. Therefore every airline is supposed to display information on air passenger rights at their check-in counters in every airport. Also you can read the actual text of EC 261 as well. 

Right to reimbursement or re-routing

In case if your delay exceeds 5 hours, you are entitled for a partial or full refund of your original cost of ticket with a return ticket to your point of departure, if needed. This will be in addition to compensation for your loss of time. 

Right to care

During any disruptions while you are waiting for the airlines to get back to you towards your destination, you’re entitled to a number of amenities, depending on your flight details.

The airline must provide you with: 

  • Firstly, meals and refreshments during the delay.
  • Secondly, access to communications, including two telephone calls, fax messages and emails.
  • Thirdly, if overnight accommodations are necessary, they must provide you with a hotel room and transportation to and from the airport.

The following chart explains when passengers become eligible for these:

Flight DetailsLength of Delay
All flights 1500km or less2 hours or more
Internal EU flights over 1500kms3 hours or more
Non-internal EU flights between 1500km and 3500km3 hours or more
Non-internal EU flights over 3500kms 4 hours or more
Upgrading or Downgrading

If you have booked a flight and then the airline offers you with an alternate flight where the class is lower then you are entitled to get a reimbursement between 30% and 75% of the original price you paid. On the other hand if you have booked a flight and offered an alternate flight in higher class, the airlines cannot charge you anything extra. 

Further Compensation

Passenger’s right to compensation under EC 261 does not affect your right to request further compensation. However, this will only apply in case any passenger has voluntarily surrendered their reservations. Thus the amount which you are supposed to receive under EC 261 may be deducted from whatever additional compensation you receive. 

EU 261 Claim

It should be noted that your passenger rights will expire eventually in case you do not file compensation for flight delay or cancellation . However, the time limit varies from one country to another. Please note that the country you claim in is not decided by your nationality, but by where the headquarter of the airlines, or what court has jurisdiction in cases concerning the airline. 

To sum up there is a handy chart below for your reference:

COUNTRYLIMITATION PERIOD
Austria3 years
Belgium1 year
Bulgaria5 years
Croatia3 years
Cyprus6 years
Czech Republic3 years
Denmark3 years
Estonia3 years
Finland3 years
France5 years
Germany*3 years
Greece5 years
Hungary5 years
Iceland2 years
Ireland6 years
Italy26 months
Latvia10 years
Lithuania10 years
Luxembourg10 years
MaltaNo limit
Netherlands2 years
Norway3 years
Poland1 year
Portugal3 years
Romania3 years
Slovakia2 years
Slovenia2 years
Spain5 years
Sweden2 months
Switzerland2 years
United Kingdom6 years

* For Germany, the limitation period expires the last day of the third year (for example, the limitation period for a flight on 25/2/2016 expires on 31/12/2019).

US Air Passenger Rights

What are US Air Passenger Rights?

The US laws in case of air passenger rights in case of flight delays or cancellation are not as extensive as European or International laws. The rights are limited to any passengers for denied boarding, tarmac delays or in case of luggage problems. 

Denied Boarding

In the United States, overbooking is pretty common with most of the airlines. If you are denied boarding or bumped off due to overbooking, you could be entitled to compensation of upto $1350. Read more on overbooked booking. There are strong laws in place governing your right to be compensated. 

Tarmac Delays

US laws do not address delayed flights in general, but there are laws concerning what happens if your flight is delayed on the tarmac. Read more about tarmac delays so you know your rights. 

Luggage Issues

Passengers are given a number of rights when it comes to banged-up, delayed and lost bags on US flights. More details on baggage compensation page.

Which Flights are Covered by US Regulations?

The denied boarding regulations apply to flights with US carriers originating in the United States while the tarmac delay regulations apply to flights departing from or flying to a US airport.

The laws regarding luggage problems deal with domestic flights with US carriers between US cities. And in case of international flights originating in the United States are covered by the Montreal Convention, in most cases.

Brazil’s ANAC 400

What are Air Passenger Rights in Brazil?

Air Passenger Rights in Brazil are important. Passengers have rights when they fly – and in case any disruption occurs, the laws are very clear on what care passengers should expect from the airlines. In case the airline fails to provide the care, you can get compensation for flight delay or cancellation of upto $1,300. 

Anyone flying in Brazil is protected by the legislation from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC).

The laws related  to air passenger rights are known as ANAC Resolution Nº 400. These laws are set out for airlines to take care of their passengers in case of any flight disruption. The law offers air passengers a great deal of consideration, specifying what care airlines must provide, and when. And when the airline fails to care for their travelers, Brazil’s Consumer Code allows passengers to claim compensation.

Compensation for Flight Issues in Brazil

DisruptionsCompensation Amount
Flight DelayUpto $1300 per person
Flight CancellationUpto $1300 per person
Denied Boarding Upto $690 per person

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  • Your flight was cancelled at late notice – OR – Your flight was over 4 hours late arriving at your destination.
  • You were not adequately looked after by the airline.
  • Your flight landed or took off from a Brazilian airport.
  • The issue occurred on a flight within the last 5 years (2 years for international flights)

Explanation of Air Passenger Rights:

There are several rights which you are entitled to under Brazilian Law:

Right to information:

In case your flight is delayed at the airport the airline should let you know about it promptly. They need to inform you about the new departure time. Also, the airline must provide an update on the delayed departure time every 30 minutes. Upon request, the airline must provide you with a written explanation about the delay.

Right to care:

The airline must provide their passengers with material assistance if flight is delayed or cancelled . What care the passenger will get will depends on how long the passenger is waiting after their original departure time:

Over 1 hour: Passengers should get access to communication – for example, a telephone call or Wi-Fi access for emailing, etc.

Over 2 hours: Passengers must be provided with meals appropriate for the time of day. The airline may either provide food, or it can hand out meal vouchers to waiting passengers.

Over 4 hours: If the delay is 4 hours or more then passengers have 2 important rights.

  •  Reimbursement or rebooking – The airline must look to get you to your destination as soon as possible. 
  • Accommodation – If the airline cannot get you to your destination any sooner, they must provide you with suitable accommodation.

But the airlines will offer accommodation only for an overnight wait therefore if you have a 5-hour wait during the day, no accommodation will be offered. Airlines will also provide transfers to the accommodation. And in case you live in the city of departure the airline doesn’t have to offer you accommodation – but they must offer you the transfers to your home.

Right to reimbursement or rebooking:

When flights are delayed over 4 hours or are canceled, passengers have the right to choose from the following choices:

  • A ticket on another flight.
  • A refund of the fare – including airport taxes and fees.
  • A way of getting to their destination via other means – e.g. a bus ticket plus transfers.
Rights if the airline changes your flight:

Moreover sometimes, airlines may need to make changes to your flight. For example the departure time could be later, or your direct flight may get changed to a connecting flight. If this happens to you, ANAC 400 offers some protection and passenger get compensation for flight delay or cancellation.

The airline can make the following changes, so long as they let passengers know about the change at least 72 hours before the original departure time.

Flight TypeChange in time
Domestic flights+/- 30 minutes
International flights+/- 1 hour

If your flight changes by more than this, or if the airline does not inform you of a change more than 72 hours in advance, the airline must offer you either:

  • An alternative flight
  • A full refund

In case if you’re not advised about the flight change and turn up at the airport for your original departure time, the airline must rebook or reimburse you for the flight. In addition, they must take care of your food, drink, and accommodation where necessary.

Rights for passengers with additional needs:

Brazilian laws offer additional protections for air passengers who may require assistance.

Another ANAC resolution, Nº 280, covers the rights of air passengers with additional needs and offer more assistance when they fly:

  • Passengers aged 60 and over
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding passengers
  • Passengers accompanied by an infant (a child under 2)
  • Passengers with reduced mobility
  • Any passenger with a specific condition that limits their autonomy

The airline is required to offer these passengers appropriate care and assistance while they are at the airport and during the flight.

In the event of flight issues:

Passengers with additional needs, as defined above, have priority when flights are delayed or canceled.

In case the passengers are offered a new flight, passengers with additional needs will be reallocated first. And also they are offered with accommodation if there is a wait of 4 hours or more, even if there is no overnight wait.

Your rights if you’re denied boarding:

Brazilian laws act to discourage airlines from overbooking flights, which can lead to denied boardings.

In case your flight which has been overbooked, the airline will look for volunteers to give up their seat. These passengers must still be compensated – though, the passenger and airline are free to agree exactly what that compensation looks like.

In case no volunteers agree, airline can deny boarding to some passengers. These passengers are then offered an alternative flight, the care, and additional compensation. This compensation is set under ANAC 400 and is paid immediately.

Flight TypesCompensation amount (USD)Compensation amount (SDR*)
Domestic flights$345SDR 250
International flights$690SDR 500

*SDR = Special Drawing Rights. ANAC 400 lists all compensation amounts in SDR. The approximate USD amounts is calculated.

Please note: Sometimes airlines will ask you to sign a volunteer overbooking form. Don’t do that unless you voluntarily give up your seat. Ask instead to sign for involuntary denied boarding.

 

What situations are covered?

Likewise the situations which is covered under the Brazilian Law is wherein the flight disruption is out of the passenger’s control and passenger gets covered. Although there are extraordinary circumstances which are outside of the airline’s control.

For example, If you miss your flight because of flight delay or flight cancellation, the passenger is covered for the compensation however if you miss your flight or decide to take a later one, then these laws will not come into effect. 

If there is any delay because of bad weather or a strike by air traffic control will come under extraordinary circumstances and the airline will not provide the compensation but yes they will have to take care of the passengers as per the law. 

The one exception is, if the airline doesn’t provide the care during any extraordinary circumstances then the affected passengers can file a claim for compensation.

Which Flights are covered?

The air passenger rights under Brazilian law applies to the following flights:

  • Domestic flights within Brazil.
  • International flights that depart from a Brazilian airport.
  • International flights that arrive at a Brazilian airport.
  • Flights that connect via a Brazilian airport.
  • Any flight ticket which is issued in Brazil (even if the flight is operated abroad).

What is the time limit?

Yes, there is a time limit and that’s why it becomes important to be aware of your rights and what is the expiration date so you are able to file the claim. Here is the time limit:

Flight TypeTime Limit For Claim To Be Filed
Domestic Flights5 years
International Flights2 years

Things to remember in case your Brazil Flight is Disrupted:

  • Firstly, ask for the care you need – communication, food and drink, and accommodation.
  • Secondly, let the airline know if you require additional assistance.
  • Thirdly, keep hold of your flight boarding pass.
  • Also ask for a statement from the airline about the flight delay or cancellation.
  • Also keep any additional documentation the airline gives you regarding the disruption.
  • In fact take pictures of conditions at the gate and of any vouchers or assistance you are offered.
  • Also keep all receipts from the expenses you occur 
  • Record the names of the airline staff – particularly if they refuse your request for assistance.

The Montreal Convention 

What is the Montreal Convention?

The Montreal Convention is a multilateral treaty signed and adopted by over 130 countries around the world. It’s aim is to establish airline liability in case of flight delay and for damage or loss of baggage. Thus provide passenger compensation for flight delay or cancellation.

However, the treaty is not so comprehensive on flight disruptions as compared to EC 261. It offers passenger rights on international flights between the large number of nations that abide by the regulation. 

What Rights are covered by the Montreal Convention?

The 2003 Montreal Convention covers many air passenger rights like delays, flight cancellation or boarding denials. If you miss your booking because of any air travel issues, and you have to pay for an extra night at hotel or any other unforeseen expenses, you will get reimbursed. Above all you need to attach the proof of expenses and necessary documents of the booking. Always hold onto the receipts. 

The treaty also protects travelers in case of luggage issues, it can be damaged bags, delayed bags or lost baggage. But there are time restrictions to these, a damaged baggage claim needs to be submitted within 7 days, delayed baggage within 21 days. And in case of lost baggage, you have 2 years to file the claim. 

You can read the complete agreement here.

Which flights are covered by the Montreal Convention?

The Montreal Convention applies to international flights between nations that honor the regulation. The treaty is signed and approved by over 130 countries around the world. Few exceptions are like Sri Lanka and Vietnam. But the list keeps on changing as nations join in. 

The Montreal Convention apply if your departure and destination is within a single member nation, but only when there have been planned stopover in a different country. For example, imagine that you’re flying between cities in a member nation such as China with a stopover in India. Your flights are covered. But if you had a direct flight instead, with no stopover, it would not be an “international” flight and would not be covered.

Conclusion:

To sum up, if you have any disruptions during your travel caused by the airlines, most of the times you are eligible for the compensation/reimbursement. However, you can always check with Airhelp whether you qualify for the compensation for flight delay or cancellation or not. Alternatively, you can simply visit Airhelp.com and fill out the form with the required information and supported documents. Their legal experts will take care and if qualified you will get the compensation. Although, make sure you read the article above to understand whether you are in the category of claim or not. This will save their time and your time too. It is a great website and has been serving the traveler community since 2013. There are numerous legal achievements under their name, and they have also changed jurisdiction in several cases. 

The form on Airhelp will look like this. So you can start by filling out the form and check for your compensation amount. 

Airhelp
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Airline Waive Change & Cancellation Fee Due to Coronavirus

We have seen how contagious and harmful the COVID-19 is right from the outbreak. And with the increase in the number of infected people all around the globe, the condition has become worse. The complete market has gone hayway and has majorly impacted the travel industry and not to forget, customers are facing great losses. So the outbreak has led to the cancellation of many flights both domestic and international. As a result airline waive change & cancellation fee due to coronavirus

Obviously we can’t deny the fact that airlines are understanding the travelers problems and taking necessary actions to overcome the situation. As a result it gives a sigh of relief to the passengers. Many airlines around the globe have already changed their policies regarding cancellation, change, refund and rebooking of the tickets. 

Here are some of the updates which we have received from the airlines (within India) who have made changes to their policies. You must go through these and this will be useful to you.

Indigo Airlines

Indigo Airlines was the first airline to waive change & cancellation fee due to coronavirus.

As per the update – 
IndiGo Airlines waives-off change fees on existing and new domestic and international bookings made till March 31, 2020 

  • No change fees for flights already booked between March 12, 2020 – March 31, 2020 
  • Zero change fees for bookings made between March 12, 2020 – March 31, 2020

Fare difference if any will be applicable.

Mr. William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “We understand that some passengers are concerned about committing to travel, given the current coronavirus issue. To take this anxiety away and make their travel hassle-free, we are waiving our normal change fees on all travel during the next two weeks and for all new bookings made in that period. This will enable our customers to book their flights at affordable fares, with the flexibility of rescheduling, without change fees, if needed. Whilst the corona virus is a very serious challenge for us all, we believe that measures such as this will help alleviate its effect on India’s travel.”

Air India

Air India was the second to rescue their customers.

The Airlines has decided to permit One Free Change for the passengers to postpone any international or domestic bookings made to/from areas with a risk of exposure.

Applicability:

  • All Existing Bookings with travel date till 30th April and New bookings booked till 31st March 2020.
  • Modifications allowed on all bookings till 72 hrs prior to departure.

Ticket Must be Reissued On or Before 31MAY 2020.

Other Information:

  • Change Fee will be waived for One Instance only – any subsequent changes will be subject to normal reissue fee. 
  • In case of non-availability of same fare level, difference of fare will be charged. 
  • Tickets can only be reissued by the agency that originally issued the ticket. 
  • In case of re-routing, applicable difference of fare will be charged. 

Spicejet

Spicejet has also taken measures to ease your travel.

As per the updated policy the airlines will not charge any change fees:

  • On existing bookings for travel between 12th and 31st March, 2020.
  • On new bookings for travel between 12th and 31st March, 2020.

Fare difference will apply. 

The Airline announced the update on twitter.

Go Air

Zero cancellation and rebooking fee offer can be availed if done up to 14 days before departure, GoAir said in the statement

GoAir said that they will not charge any fee on cancellation or rescheduling of tickets booked till April 30 amid the coronavirus scare.

This applies for all bookings made between March 8 and April 30 and for the travel period between March 8 and September 30.

The customer will have to pay the fare difference when rescheduling a flight.

“We looked at what could be going on in the consumer’s mind right now especially in the prevailing uncertain situation. It emerged that the freedom to reschedule flight tickets without any strings attached was the biggest concern,” Managing Director Jeh Wadia said.

Vistara

Because of the COVID-19, Air Vistara has waived cancellation and rescheduling charges for bookings made on or before March 1.

Fare difference will be applicable if any. 

Air Asia:

In general, the airline has not yet spoken about any waiver for change or cancellation of the flight but has mentioned about the refund. You can check out the list and see if you are falling under one of those.

Important Update came from Air Asia
Important Update came from Air Asia

As per the airlines – For those whose travel plans are affected by the restrictions or cancellations, below is the list of  refund categories related to Covid-19 which you can submit via AVA; 

  1. Flight to / from Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR & Macau SAR
  2. Covid-19 Voluntary Cancellation
  3. Nationals restricted to travel
  4. Japan Domestic Voluntary Cancellation
  5. AirAsia Cancelled my Flight

The chart is here

The above mentioned airlines have already press release and announced officially regarding the update in their policies. In short this has made this process hassle free for all travelers but as a traveler you definitely need to invest a bit of your time on these policies. Now with the change in the policies, make sure you take all the necessary precautions and travel safe. So such initiative deserves applause for the airlines who have come forward and waive change & cancellation fee due to coronavirus.

So make your plans accordingly. Please connect with us on our facebook page to tell us what you think about this. 

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Since the festival of colours, HOLI is around the corner and what makes it unique this year is the long weekend. So all the peeps get ready for some crazy experience this holi. Holi is witnessed as the craziest festivals of India which indulge everyone with paint and colours. Holi as a festival is not only gaining popularity among Indians but we have seen some drastic increase in foreign tourists as well. Many travelers are visiting India during Holi to witness this crazy war. 

Holi is one of the major festivals of India and celebrated across the four corners of India. The festival is linked with this tradition of colours. And the stories which relate to Holi are Holika Dahan and Radha-Krishan. Holika Dahan is actually lighting of bonfires and the ritual is symbolic of victory of good over evil. What’s the Story of Radha and Krishan- Krishna, who had a dark complexion was jealous of his beloved Radha’s extremely fair skin and in a mischievous mood, he applied color on Radha’s face as an expression of love. Holi is famous as Basant Utsav in rural India and gulal, abeer, bhang (edible mixture made from the buds, leaves, and flowers of marijuana plant) and pichkaris are synonymous with the festival.

That being a little discussed about the history, where you can celebrate the best Holi this year. Well Holi is best witnessed in Banaras, Mathura and Vrindavan. In these cities Holi is witnessed with a huge mob all around the city, covered with colours. Even the streets get painted with the gulal. But with the increase in the number of people who are willing to witness this supercool festival, Pushkar and Rishikesh are coming more into the limelight. Guess why? Well it’s simple because of the hippie culture and more foreign tourists in these cities. 

The festival here is different, the madness, the crowd, bhang and alcohol become the hype of the event. Although we won’t talk about the original cities where Holi is played from ancient times because you must have already witnessed it or probably read a lot and seen on television. What makes it interesting will be celebrating this year in Pushkar or Rishikesh. It will become your lifetime experience. 

Plus you got a whole weekend and then the next two days so cheers to this 4 day holiday. It will be no bloody Monday anymore rather it will turn out to be the coolest Monday. Let’s get ready for something which you haven’t experienced yet.

HOLI IN PUSHKAR

Pushkar, the hippie capital of Rajasthan, is a small and very pious city in Ajmer. Every year more than a million tourists visit the city for its temples, peaceful ambience, ghats, amazing cafes, Pushkar Mela and last but not the least the grand festival Holi. If you already have been to Pushkar then I am sure you can understand why I am giving the city such praises but if you haven’t visited yet, then this is your chance and trust me it will turn out to be one of your best memories. 

The festival party in Pushkar starts at 10 in the morning and continues till 5pm. The city gets transformed into some crazy badass club. Although alcohol is not served during this time (you can have your own, but keep to the amount where it can give you joy, I know it didn’t sound right with joy so let’s call it Suroor, better isn’t it?) Although you will find some crazy DJs playing trance and electro with hundreds of people dancing and painting each other gulaal. It will be like a Sunburn with colours. And imagine this crazy party going on and on for 7 hours, almost a complete shift in office. 

Yeah some of you might have been saying if there is NO ALCOHOL then what is there. So to all the alcoholics there is a solution, Bhang which will give you a pip. You can also call it special lassi or thandai. It is sold openly during Holi with a Government approved shops. No need to do car-o-bar now. 

What actually made celebrating Holi in Pushkar was Kapda Faad holi where the t-shirts of guys were torn apart and thrown to the winds. There is no exception to anyone, if you are a guy and entering the party then it is bound to happen. But this is only for men, WOMEN are safe and you will find several security guards and volunteers roaming to check on the event for women safety and alcohol or non-vegetarian consumption. Although a quick update, this event was banned by the government last year. So don’t get your hopes high because not sure if your t-shirt is getting torn this year and after which you can flaunt your masculine physique. Although there are some private parties too which you can certainly attend. Ofcourse, you will have to pay for those. 

PS: It’s a long weekend so you have time to explore the city and the amazing cafes if you arrive early like on Saturday or Sunday. Also you can plan to visit Jaipur and make a halt for the weekend and move ahead for the grand event. Moreover, Ajmer dargah is also nearby where you can pay your visit. 

HOLI IN RISHIKESH

Let’s move to Rishikesh, the yoga capital of India. Again there are no facts needed to show you all how many tourists visit Rishikesh, not only Indian tourists but foreigners too. So not only the tourist is driven just coz of some great cafes, or adventure sports but yoga is the biggest reason to draw foreign tourists to Rishikesh. The city is famous for river rafting, cafes, yoga retreats, camping, short hikes, waterfall, ashrams and much more to offer. Let’s talk about Holi now. So Rishikesh has been the trending city for Holi for the last few years and why not. It got so much to offer. Holi in Rishikesh starts from the night before Holi, the “Holika” is burnt at Laxman Jhula chowk, where people gather around the fire, and they sing and wish each other. And then on the next day, the same place is the venue for the Holi party. The chowk gets blasted with some crazy bollywood songs on loudspeakers and everyone is dancing and smearing others with colours. This makes the ambience fun and festive. Also you can look for some bhang or thandai but in Rishikesh it is not sold openly. You will definitely find it with ease but will have to approach in a little smarter way. The whole fun of being in Rishikesh is to experience the enthusiasm for this wonderful festival of colours, and the general camaraderie going around. 

There are private parties which are hosted by many people wherein you can get some great experience.

PS – You can plan ahead and visit Rishikesh early as it has so much more to offer. You can go rafting, eat at some cozy cafe, witness the ganga aarti, get indulged in Yoga, roam around the city on a bike or scooter, go for some day hikes, I mean the list has a good number of activities which you can do. Camping under the stars is something which you can do.  I know it has been so commercialized but definitely it has not lost its charm. 

Here’s the fun part, I have got a friend of mine who is hosting this supercool “NATURE FEST” event in Rishikesh. Let me roll out the details:

The event is Rang de Rishikesh

Celebrate this Holi with Camp Kailasha with ORGANIC COLOURS and ORGANIC FOOD. 

Experience the real madness in the foothills riverside middle of nature…a perfect setup for an exciting Holi experience. 

|| Event inclusions ||

  • DJ – Music in the daytime
  • Holi special drinks and food 
  • Special bonfire
  • Organic colours
  • Organic food
  • Water fountains 
  • Fun Games 
  • Riverside fun
  • Barbeque

All the activities in the camp include :-

  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Bonfire
  • Riverside fun
  • Misc other activities

Includes all meals (breakfast – lunch – evening snacks – dinner) + (All the inhouse activities)

The event link is shared – https://www.facebook.com/events/2410582949052450/

The facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/campkailasha/

Below are some of the pictures taken from last year’s fest.

Last year Nature Fest
Last year Nature Fest
Last year Nature Fest
Last year Nature Fest
Camp Picture 1
Camp Picture 1
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Yes, it’s time to add Andaman and Nicobar Islands to our bucket list because guess what, Andaman and Nicobar Islands will soon get its first ever railway line. And no we are not kidding!!! If you too have dreams of enjoying a vacation in the much-loved islands and are planning to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands, traveling might soon get more convenient to this destination. 

Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been a famous destination among travelers for its scenic and antiquated beauty. But we have seen more craze in couples and honeymooners about these exotic islands for pristine beauty, calm seas and bounty nature. 

I know you all have started visualizing the scenic beauty through the window of your seat, so here’s everything you need to know about the dream rail route of all travelers.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT

The Indian government has given green signal to the 240 kms broad gauge railway tracks in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, connecting Port Blair and Diglipur. The link is expected to run parallel to the coast through a number of bridges and stations. This line will connect Port Blair with Diglipur, becoming the first railway line in the country to get the archipelago i.e the group of islands on the rail map. 

So if you are someone who suffers from sea-sickness then fret no more. You can now avoid those bumpy ferry rides, all thanks to the first railway line in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

Currently, there are only two ways to reach Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands either by Air or by Sea. Port Blair and Diglipur are well connected by road and sea. The distance between Port Blair and Diglipur via the 350kms Andaman Trunk Road (ATR) takes nearly about 14 hours by bus while the ferry takes a whole day. But once the railway tracks are laid, the journey then will be covered in ONLY 3 HOURS.

WHAT’S THE COST OF THE PROJECT

The rail line will be built with Rs 2,413.68 crore with a negative rate of return on investment of -9.64 per cent. Though a rail line is considered commercially viable if it is at least a positive of 12 per cent yet Railways has approved the plan due to its “uniqueness and strategic importance”, as per documents reviewed by The Indian Express.

Planning and Finance directorates of Railways said that the project “is unique, away from the mainland, and has tourism potential.”

BENEFITS FOR TOURISM

It’s clear that the main agenda of the railway line is to boost tourism. Andaman already gives you a feel of an exotic foreign island while Port Blair and Diglipur are both great locations for tropical vacation. If you visit there you won’t feel that you are in India. We really are super excited and super anxious about the rail route, and just wish it starts soon.

As soon as the line is commissioned, tourism will see a jump from the current 4.5 lakh visitors a year to around 6 lakh a year, as per our estimates. So even though the railway survey shows a negative return, our assessment is otherwise. However, we have agreed to share the operational losses, if any,” Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Jagdish Mukhi told The Indian Express.

The Ross and Smith islands are the major tourist attractions in Diglipur. “These are just two of the main attractions. Lakhs of tourists take great pains to reach there from Port Blair every year. With the railway line in place, that part essentially becomes a part of the capital, beneficial to tourists, local residents and the defence forces,” said Mukhi. The region is also famous for its serene sea-side experience at the Lamiya Bay Beach and the Kalipur Beach.

”If they get trains to our island, travelling will become much easier. Diglipur has about 40,000 people, so it will make the to-and-fro travelling much easier,” Tufan Kishen, a native of Port Blair was quoted as saying by International Business Times.

THE IMPORTANCE TO DEFENCE FORCES 

It’s very clear that the railway line of Andaman and Nicobar Islands will play a vital role for the defence forces also. As per the Railways’ Planning wing, the project can help build the strategic lines for Defence ministry like those in the border regions of the Northeast. In fact, the Finance arm can be taken up as a national project much like the famous Kashmir link. 

The Union Territory administration too pitched for the tourism potential of the rail line claiming it is of “immense strategic value” to the defence forces as Diglipur is only 300 km by sea from the southern coast of Myanmar.

Let us know who all are super excited to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands through the rail. And if you already have been to these exotic destinations, do share your experience with us.

HAPPY TRAVELING 

Pic Credit for Thumbnail image- Travel Earth

Pic Credit for Instagram images – andaman_nicobar

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Tourists from India, Maldives and Bangladesh were considered as Regional Tourists and these three countries were exempted from the fee and could enter without a visa. But not any more. 

On Monday 03 Feb 2020, Bhutan’s lower house of Parliament passed legislation that makes it mandatory for visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives to pay a fee of 1200 Ngultrums  per day (equivalent to 1200 INR or USD 16.85 per day) from July 2020. Indians don’t have a free entry visa to Bhutan anymore. 

This fee will be collected as Sustainable Development Fee (SDF). The decision was made because of the increase in the number of regional tourists and its effect on Bhutan’s ecology. The Bhutanese government said, the SDF will directly go to the government and will be contributed towards the government’s initiatives regarding social welfare of Bhutanese citizens, according to the Tourism Council of Bhutan. According to the news report, there have been instances where some tourists have disobeyed the local laws and orders. Also disrespected their traditions and local customs. 

Last October, an Indian biker caused outrage by climbing on top of a monument to pose for a photograph. 

According to the Tourism Council of Bhutan’s Annual Report, India is the main source of visitors to the country. Indian visitors to Bhutan is more than 69 per cent with more than 19 lakh tourists visiting the country. 

While other nations tourists still continue to pay a USD 250 charge per day to the government, which includes $65 sustainable development fee.  Tourists from other nations have already been paying the fee as a part of their Minimum Daily Package – including meals, accomodation and transport. The Minimum Daily Package is priced at $250 during high season and $200 during off-season for foreign tourists.

In 2018, Bhutan received 200,000 tourists from countries in the region, approximately 10% from 2017, which means Bhutan was becoming another mas tourism destination and for many Indians it was an affordable international destination, UNTIL NOW.

Last year in November 2019, it was our Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli’s 31st birthday, which he celebrated with his wife Anushka Sharma in Bhutan. They did a two weeks vacation in Bhutan and have publicised Bhutan on his social media account.  While India’s foremost celebrity couple, nicknamed collectively as “Virushka”, behaved themselves, others have not.

The chairman of Bhutan’s hotel and restaurants association, Sonam Wangchuk told AFP – “We have shared our concerns and sentiments to the government. But despite that they still went ahead with the decision.” He was worried that newly built budget hotels accomodating the Indian tourists would go bust. 

The Bhutanese foreign minister Tandi Dorji had discussed the country’s decision to implement the entry fee during a visit to India with external affairs minister S. Jaishankar  in the month of November 2019.

The Director General of Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Dorji Dhradhul, told TOI that the idea to extend the visa fee to India and other nations in line with Bhutan’s high-value-low-impact tourism policy. The policy draft has been prepared for four years.

Well this is surely bad news for those who were planning to visit Bhutan towards the end of this year 2020. Although we cannot ignore that the fact that increase in tourism does create chaos and to maintain that government definitely needs resources. Although, ,me as a traveler will definitely be unhappy with the SDF fee but again as a responsible citizen I won’t mind contributing to a noble cause. Bhutan is such a beautiful destination which has the last excessive Himalayan kingdom, covered in mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully holds global developments. I would really not mind paying the fees for saving the culture and tradition of Bhutan.  

Credit – The Times of India and The Wire.

Picture used in the thumnail – Credit – https://www.tourism.gov.bt/

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Hurrayyyyyy finally a good news for all the wanderlust, you are going to get rewarded for traveling and guess what you don’t need a blue tick or millions of followers for that. So if you are a travel enthusiast who loves to explore the culture and diversity of the motherland. It’s time to tick all the places in your bucket list now! The government of India has decided to reward the travelers who will visit 15 places in a year by funding their expenses. Not only this, you will also be honored as the ambassador of Indian Tourism. How cool is that? Let’s find out how.

When it was announced? 

The Indian government is surely taking an extra steps to give more power to Indian travelers, hence not only this will motive US as a traveler but will certainly showcase the diversity and culture in our country. On Friday, Jan 24, 2020 during the concluding ceremony of the National Tourism Conference that was organized by the Odisha government in association with FICCI at Konark, the government decided to sponsor your travel expenses as a reward. You need to visit 15 domestic tourist spots in a year and you can be the lucky one. 

“Tourism Ministry will fund the travel expenses of tourists who visit 15 destinations in the country in a year and submit the photos to our website,” Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said.

The campaign is called Dekho Apna Desh.

What is the criteria?

I am sure by now you all must be curious to know the criteria to follow to become eligible for the reward. Well it is very simple actually and for someone who is a travel enthusiast, he or she doesn’t need to do anything extra because I am sure this is what they are already doing.

How to be eligible for the reward:

  1. You need to travel to 15 destinations by year 2020 within India (duhhhh only 5 places to visit every year, easy peasy)
  2. Click picture while you are traveling (huhhhh this is what I always do)
  3. Submit your photos

Is that it? Yes, that is all.

But wait, what about the limitations or are there any conditions attached which we should know.

Yes but only ONE, make sure that all these destinations are out of your state.

Anything else I should be aware of, NO THAT IS ALL. 

How to apply?

For applying all you have to do is to go to the official website (https://pledge.mygov.in) and take a pledge. Once you click on that you will get a form to fill out and once you will in the form you will get a page to click on pledge and will send an OTP on your registered mobile number. As soon as you hit the submit button, you will receive your Pledge Certificate.

Once you have taken the pledge, you need to submit your photos supporting your claim. And once you have submitted the details, the ministry will fund the trip of the qualified individuals.

I have taken my pledge, when are you taking yours?

I would hate for you to miss on their awesome opportunity. Start planning and let your travel stories speak for you. We all can participate in this and show our passion and inspire others also. You never know when you can get lucky.

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