Saturday, December 11, 2021

Ahmedabad: Quarantine fears ground international

Ahmedabad: Shwetal Charan, a resident of Germany who was to arrive in Ahmedabad in mid-December to meet her parents, cancelled her ticket on Thursday. “I was to travel with my nine-year-old son. He is not vaccinated so that was a concern,” said Charan, who had planned a three-week visit.

“Moreover, there are too many restrictions with regard to taking RT-PCR tests on arrival, waiting till the reports arrive, and then leaving the airport.” She added: “After a 12-hour journey, it would have been chaotic and exhausting to go through so many protocols and therefore I decided to cancel my visit.”

With Covid-19 cases rising and the Omicron variant of the coronavirus deepening fears, travellers have cancelled India trips for social and other engagements. This is primarily because of the stringent protocols for RT-PCR testing and quarantine laid out by different states.

Anuj Pathak, president, Tour Operators and Travel Agents’ Association of Gujarat (TAG), said: “The new variant of concern has sparked worries among passengers who had planned to travel to India.” Pathak added: “People schedule visits ranging from two to four weeks and they are worried that despite precautions if, by chance, they test positive they will have to quarantine themselves for at least two weeks.” He added: “Nobody who is travelling for a social visit or a leisure break would take that chance. A businessman from the US who is my client recently cancelled his tickets to Ahmedabad.”

11/12/21 Niyati Parikh/Times of India

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