As per the recent news, the Indian government is considering to the review the SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) and Covid-19 guidelines for international travelers. This was due to the recent Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus.
The pandemic in India in the last 2 years has caused havoc for the tourism economy. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the local businessmen have lost their livelihood. Many artists, musicians, and craftsmen in the popular state of Rajasthan have to struggle financially due to the closure of the tourism businesses.
With the new Omicron variant announced in South Africa. The travel plans of many tourists are again under question. The WHO (World Health Organization) has asked all the countries to stay vigilant and monitor the spread of the new variant. The senior government officials have called upon a meeting to discuss the preventive measures to contain the new Covid-19 variant.
The government has already planned to resume international tourism in India. However, with the new risk of the Omicron variant, it seems that the tourism industry will face another lockdown period. This will create further stress on the businesses and the livelihood of people.
Following is the news article from ‘News 18’ about the recent Omicron variant and the Indian government’s plans.