Indians continue to travel abroad despite Visa delays
As per a news report in Economic Times, though Visa delays persist for those seeking to travel to the UK, US and Canada, it has not stopped Indian travellers to overseas lands.
The report says that according to travel industry sources, countries such as Switzerland, Hungary, Spain, South Africa and Turkey are attracting more applicants due to better turnaround times.
On the MakeMyTrip and Goibibo platforms, the recovery for key short-haul destinations such as the UAE and Maldives against pre-Covid times is said to be 15% higher than that of top long-haul destinations such as the US, the UK and Canada, says the news report.
The Economic Times report quotes Shikhar Aggarwal, joint managing director of BLS International, saying that the company which processes visas for Spain, saw India applicants surpassing pre-Covid numbers in June and July 2022.
It states that June and July saw a 59% and a 72% rise, respectively, in new visa applications for Spain from India compared with pre-Covid 2019.
This is good news for travellers as well as for business watchers.