News at 9: You’ll be charged to visit Europe from 2023, Auli to be developed as a global winter sports destination

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It’s finally here: the end of fee-free travel to the European Union, Auli, the ski town in Uttarakhand to be developed as a global winter sports destination and more in top news of the day.

You’ll be charged to visit Europe from 2023

The EU has announced the launch of its long-awaited visa waiver scheme, ETIAS, to debut in May 2023. While ETIAS is not the same as a visa — it is quicker, done online, and requires no biometric information — there is still a procedure and a cost to acquiring it, rather like the United States’ scheme, ESTA. ETIAS, which stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System, had previously been slated for a late 2022 debut.
EU travelers are exempt, and have freedom of movement around the bloc, allowing them to spend as much time as they want in many countries. EU residents will also be exempt.
But for everyone else entering the bloc from a country which didn’t previously require a visa, the ETIAS will be obligatory. The move affects around 60 countries including the US and the UK, which lost freedom of movement after Brexit. Nothing changes for those who previously needed a visa to enter.

Auli, the ski town in Uttarakhand to be developed as a global winter sports destination

Auli, a famous ski town in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, is being developed as an international winter sports destination. The incredible town attracts travellers from across the country and globe for its perfect skiing slopes. Considering its popularity, the government is planning to convert this place into a winter sports destination of global standards.
January to March is considered the best time to visit the place to enjoy skiing while October to March is the appropriate time to explore the town.

Coming soon! 8th edition of Malabar River Festival in Thusharagiri, Kerala

Come August, you need to pack your bags for Kerala, Thusharagiri, in Kozhikode to be precise. The 8th edition of Malabar River Festival is coming to Thusharagiri in Kozhikode, Kerala (August 12-14) and believe us when we say this, it is going to be epic.
The whitewater kayaking championship is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but one can always be an enthusiastic spectator!
Malabar River Festival is organised by the Kerala Tourism Department, in collaboration with District Tourism Promotion Council and Kozhikode District Panchayat.

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