News at 9 | Travel : Greece drops curbs, Malaysia resumes visa on arrival and more

News at 9 | Travel : Greece drops curbs, Malaysia resumes visa on arrival and more

Vacation deprivation is about to be replaced by a travel boom, with Fiji, Switzerland, and Greece lifting travel restrictions among the highlights for top stories of the day.

Switzerland, Greece, and Fiji Drop Curbs

Travellers from all over the world will soon be able to enter two universally popular holiday destinations of international tourists – Switzerland and Greece restriction-free, with both countries all set to fully open for visitors from across the world starting from May 2, 2022. Travellers will no longer be required to hold either a valid recovery or vaccination certificate and will only be required to follow other rules, such as holding a valid passport or visa, if any such requirement applies to them, from May 2. In addition, Greece has decided to drop all domestic COVID-19 restrictions which means that travellers will be permitted entry to bars, cafes, restaurants, and other events without being required to hold valid COVID-19 proof. Another summer favourite, Fiji announced that all fully vaccinated travellers visiting Fiji will no longer have to provide a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test prior to entry, which will be effective from today (May 1). However travellers need to note that they will be required to book an in-country pre-Covid RAT test, prior to entering Fiji and the test must be done within 48-72 hours of arrival.

Must Read: The Ultimate Switzerland Travel Guide

Malaysia to resume visa-on-arrival facility for Indian travellers

Reportedly, Malaysia is all set to reintroduce the option of visa on arrival for Indian travellers. This move is seen as a step to attract more and more travellers from India. If reports are to go by, the Southeast nation is also gearing up to relax all mandatory COVID relaxations to facilitate the travel of international tourists. As such, not only will the COVID curbs be relaxed, e-visas will also be issued within a few days now.

Starting September, Bengaluru to get direct flights to Sydney

Indians can soon now fly to Sydney from Bengaluru as Qantas Airways, Australia’s national airline, has decided to start operating four weekly return flights between the two cities. Qantas is currently finalising code-share partnership with IndiGo.
The airline is all set to operate between the two cities, starting September 14, 2022. Airbus A330 aircraft will be flying between Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport. The airline thus becomes the first direct flight between southern India and Australia.

Valley of Flowers trek in Uttarakhand to begin from June 1, 2022

The famous Valley of Flowers trek in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is all set to open from June 1, 2022. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of Flowers falls in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The place is home to some colourful and incredible flowers such as marigold and orchids. Besides, one can also see a range of birds, butterflies and animals in the region. For those planning the trek must do it before October 31, 2022 as the trek will shut after this.

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