News at 9: Schengen Visa appointments unavailable until September, Goa to set up co-working spaces and more

News at 9: Schengen Visa Appointments Unavailable Until September, Goa to set up co-working spaces and more

Schengen Visa appointments unavailable until September due to high demand, Goa to set up co-working spaces for working professions on beaches and more in top stories of the day.

Schengen Visa Appointments Unavailable Until September Due to High Demand

Travellers from non-EU countries who need a Schengen visa to enter the Schengen Area might have to cancel or change their summer holiday plans if they have not obtained a visa yet, as there are no available appointments until September.

The travel industry executives have revealed that currently, the 26 Schengen Area countries do not have available slots for July and August. It has been explained that a couple of countries may have some available slots for August. Nonetheless, most of them do not have any appointments available until September. Such a thing is happening as the embassies are unable to meet the high demand due to the fixed number of visas they can issue.

Goa to set up co-working spaces for working professions on beaches

There is some good news for professionals visiting Goa. As per the reports, the state government has come up with the concept of co-working spaces on the beaches, which will allow professionals to work while enjoying the picturesque shoreline.

In the initial phase, Morjim and Miramar beaches in North Goa and Benaulim beach in South Goa have been selected for setting up such co-working spaces. Anyone can work, enjoy surfing on the beach and come back, take a shower, and resume work through these co-working spaces on the beaches.

The tourism department is also planning to set up model beach shacks, which will come equipped with all modern facilities, including Wi-Fi for customers. These shacks would be set up at Colva, Baina and Benaulim beaches in South Goa and Calangute-Baga belt in North Goa.

Croatia on track to adopt the euro

Croatia is on course to adopt the single currency starting in 2023 after fulfilling a number of set criteria, the European Commission and the European Central Bank announced last week. Croatia will become the 20th country to join the eurozone on January 1, 2023. Until then, the country’s own currency, kuna, which is currently valued at €0.13, will be in use. The European Central bank announced the conversion rate of 7.53450 Croatian kuna per euro.  Croatia’s adoption of the euro is expected to strengthen the nation’s financial security and enhance living standards of its citizens.

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