RT-PCR Test Made Compulsory Due To Rising COVID-19 Cases, Threat Looms Over Travel Industry Again

by Shreya Rathod
RT-PCR Test Made Compulsory Due To Rising COVID-19 Cases, Threat Looms Over Travel Industry Again

Holiday plans mean relaxation and disconnecting from worries, and Thailand is the centre for such plans. There is a large number of bookings for various destinations in Thailand every year. However, a recent notice from the Union Health Minister has people changing their minds and cancelling their bookings. Here is what Mansukh Mandaviya’s decision of RT-PCR test doing to the holiday plans of many Indians.

Compulsory RT-PCR Test For Travellers

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The Union Health Minister has announced a compulsory RT-PCR test. This is for South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, China, and Thailand. Though the date from which the test is compulsory is not known yet, the rise in COVID-19 cases is a signal for it. People are unsure of their holiday plans. Though the travel agencies have not seen any cancellations, they are still on edge. People will find alternative destinations to spend their holidays at. Also, they will choose destinations like Abu Dhabi, Malaysia, Dubai, and Vietnam. Thailand will be the most affected destination compared to Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan.

Also Read: Japan May Remove All Pre-Departure Covid Tests For Tourists

Travel Industry In Trouble Again

The pandemic had a troubling effect on the travel industry. The abrupt downfall in its GDP contribution was proof of the struggle that the hotel owners, travel agents, and other areas of this industry went through. The Union Tourism Secretary has advised the stakeholders to continue with the initial protocols. Though India has done a great job at vaccination, taking the risk will not be wise.

Also Read: Goa CM Announces No COVID Related Restrictions Till 2nd January

Meanwhile, Thailand and Dubai are the most travelled destinations, it will probably see a bit of a downfall in sales this season.

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