Europe's New Travel Authorization System: ETIAS Explained

Europe's New Travel Authorization System: ETIAS Explained

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Published on July 23, 2023

In a bid to enhance security and better regulate travel, the European Union is introducing the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). Starting in 2024, citizens from over 60 visa-exempt countries, including the USA, UK, UAE, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan, will be required to obtain an ETIAS pass to enter 30 European countries.

ETIAS will categorize member countries into four groups: Schengen members, EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland), future Schengen members (Bulgaria, Cyprus), and European microstates (Andorra, Monaco).

The system aims to collate data on travellers who have previously entered the region without visas or background checks. Security checks will include criminal record verification and biometric information.

Passport holders from the mentioned countries must apply for an ETIAS pass, which is an electronic authorization received via email. The application process is simple, involving an online form and a 7 EUR fee for travellers aged 18 to 70. The application is typically processed within minutes but may take up to four days at most.

ETIAS permits will be valid for three years, allowing unlimited entries during that period, for up to 90 days within a 180-day timeframe. This authorization is distinct from a Schengen visa, and EU nationals and those with residence permits are exempt from the ETIAS requirement.

For nationals of visa-required countries like India, the exemption is possible if they reside in any of the 60 eligible countries and meet certain conditions, such as being a student on a school trip or a refugee.

While the system has been delayed due to the scale of implementation and resource requirements, it represents a significant step towards reinforcing security and streamlining travel authorization processes for European destinations.


Dubai International Continues Reign as World's Busiest International Airport for 10th Year

Dubai International Continues Reign as World's Busiest International Airport for 10th Year

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 18, 2024

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has once again been named the world's busiest airport for international travel, marking a decade of dominance in the global aviation industry. This announcement was made by the Airports Council International (ACI), which released its preliminary report on the top 10 busiest airports worldwide for 2023.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, expressed immense pride in this achievement, emphasizing the strategic efforts that have contributed to DXB's success. "Throughout this decade, DXB has set numerous records and achieved many milestones, from welcoming our billionth passenger to expanding our terminals and enhancing our service offerings," Griffiths stated. These efforts underscore DXB's commitment to maintaining a leading position in the global aviation sector.

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The 2023 ACI report highlights significant shifts in international air travel dynamics, with DXB playing a pivotal role in these changes. Factors such as China's reopening and a sustained interest in international travel have fueled the global travel industry, with DXB at the forefront of this resurgence.

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World Director General, noted that global air travel in 2023 was primarily driven by international traffic, which has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels. "Dubai International Airport's strategic location and world-class facilities have continually attracted a vast network of international flights, making it a central hub in global air traffic," said de Oliveira.

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The report also underscored the critical role airports like DXB play in enhancing global connectivity and supporting economic growth. With ongoing initiatives to expand and innovate, Dubai Airports is focused on maintaining DXB’s status as a top international hub in the years to come.

As DXB looks to the future, Griffiths reaffirmed the airport's commitment to innovation and excellence. "We are determined to sustain our leadership position by enhancing every aspect of the passenger experience and continuing to expand our global reach," he concluded.

This recognition not only reflects Dubai’s capacity to handle vast numbers of international travelers but also its strategic importance in linking the East and West, making it an essential player in the ongoing growth and development of the global aviation landscape.


Discover Spiritual Bliss: Telangana Tourism Unveils "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" Package

Discover Spiritual Bliss: Telangana Tourism Unveils "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" Package

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Published on April 18, 2024

Telangana Tourism has rolled out an enticing opportunity for Hyderabad residents seeking solace and spirituality amidst the scorching summer months. The "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" package promises a serene three-day journey filled with exploration, set to kick off on select dates in April, May, and June.

Priced at Rs 7,500 for adults and Rs 6,000 for children, the tour ensures a tranquil start from CRO Basheerbagh at 6:30 pm. Embark on a spiritual odyssey as day one unfolds with an early morning arrival at Kanipakam, allowing ample time for refreshments and check-out before delving into the sacred Kanipakam Temple. Journey onward to Thiruvanamalai, indulging in a leisurely lunch at TTDC Aalayam Hotel before immersing in the divine aura of the Arunachaleswara Temple. Wrap up the day with a delectable dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at TTDC Aalayam Hotel.

Day two unveils further enchantment as travelers explore the Sripuram Golden Vehicle in Vellore, relishing in lunch and marveling at the exquisite Sripuram Golden Temple. Bid adieu to Vellore as the return journey to Hyderabad commences in the late afternoon, accompanied by dinner en route.

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The package encompasses twin-sharing accommodation and transportation, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience throughout the expedition. Excluding expenses for temple visits and additional meals, the tour offers a perfect blend of spiritual encounters and leisurely escapades.

Telangana Tourism's initiative underscores a commitment to providing immersive experiences tailored to diverse interests, promising a rejuvenating getaway amidst the serenity of Arunachalam. For bookings and inquiries, reach out at +91 98485 40371.

Experience the allure of spirituality with Telangana Tourism's "Hyderabad to Arunachalam" package, where every moment is a step closer to inner peace and tranquility.


India's Tourism Sector on Rise: Projected to Reach $23.72 Billion by 2024

India's Tourism Sector on Rise: Projected to Reach $23.72 Billion by 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 17, 2024

India's travel and tourism sector is poised for substantial growth, with projected revenues expected to reach USD 23.72 billion by 2024. This forecast by the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) indicates a robust annual growth rate of 9.62% leading into 2028, where the market volume could soar to USD 34.25 billion. These projections are supported by favorable government policies, including a 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) allowance in tourism-related ventures announced in 2023.

The total FDI inflows for the fiscal year 2023-2024 stood at USD 17.96 billion, with USD 11.54 billion attributed specifically to FDI equity, highlighting the sector's vital role in India’s economic expansion and job creation strategies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized that efforts in the tourism sector aim not only at economic growth but also at preserving India’s rich cultural heritage while creating world-class infrastructure.

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The sector's growth is further catalyzed by various government initiatives, such as the launching of 52 tourism projects under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes. These projects, valued at over Rs 1400 crores, are designed to enhance tourism infrastructure across pilgrimage and heritage sites, as well as recreational facilities. This aligns with global trends promoting sustainable and eco-friendly travel options, appealing to a broader international audience.

India’s tourism industry is also set to significantly contribute to the GDP, with projections suggesting a potential contribution of USD 250 billion by 2030. This growth is expected to generate employment for 137 million people, showcasing the industry's role as a major employment driver.

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Additional governmental campaigns like 'Dekho Apna Desh People's Choice 2024' and 'Chalo India Global Diaspora Campaign' aim to engage citizens and the Indian diaspora in tourism promotion, enhancing India’s global image as a rich cultural and tourist destination.

With strategic investments, innovative marketing campaigns, and a focus on sustainable tourism, India is well-positioned to become a leading destination in the global tourism landscape. This not only underscores the country’s commitment to economic diversification but also highlights the potential for significant social and economic benefits stemming from the sector.

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