Tourism Ministry’s ‘Stranded in India’ portal facilitates 1,194 foreign tourists
The ministry's regular toll-free helpline has also received 779 calls between March and April 9
In a recent release, Ministry of Tourism has declared that, as many as 1,194 foreign tourists have received assistance (till 9th April) through ‘Stranded in India’ portal. The ministry has recently launched this portal to provide support to the tourist stuck in the country.
In addition, the ministry's regular toll-free helpline has also received 779 calls between March and April 9.
Foreign tourists, who are stranded, may have ample of queries including visa and safety concerns, apart from other resources that he or she may need. "Requests for movement within the country/state and for transfer to home country of such tourists are also being coordinated with the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and with the respective embassy/high commission/consulate," the Ministry release highlighted.
The portal helps tourists get information about its regional offices and state tourism departments. All the state governments and Union Territory administration has been told to have a dedicated nodal officer for assisting foreign tourists. Tourism ministry’s five regional offices are also keeping constant touch with the nodal officers regarding requests uploaded on the portal for facilitating ground support to foreign nationals, if required.
The portal lists details about a Ministry of External Affairs Covid-19 control centre, with a list of dedicated desks of officials handling different geographic locations, including the U.S., Italy, Spain, Japan, China, Russia and Latin America.
The release also highlighted that webinars are being organised by other tourism related bodies and ideas are being actively discussed on the roadmap for promotion of Incredible India.