The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has appealed to the government to implement the One Nation, One Travel Policy for international travellers who are facing issues and confusion due to changing travel guidelines and advisories issued by the state government for foreign and international travellers.
In a statement, the association while making the request said that to end the confusion, creating one central policy, which can be binding on all state governments can be an ideal solution. Commenting on the issue, Rajiv Mehra, President, IATO, stated, “Every state has a different policy which only compounds the confusion amongst the international travellers. While travelling to India, foreign tourists think of India as one destination and they plan their travel to India as per guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and as per advice given by the Indian tour operators. But multiple state-level policies discourage international tourists to travel to India which is already down to negligible levels due to pandemic.”
IATO has requested the government to frame the One Nation, One Travel Policy and said that guidelines for the international travellers should only be issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) and this should be followed by all the states and union territories, looking at the similar practice being followed globally by all the countries.“Such a step would go a long way in not only assuring the international travellers visiting presently but also would pave way for robust bookings as and when normal international flights resume,” Mehra added.