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Many are going abroad to enjoy holidays

Businessman Mohammad Hasnain has applied for a visa to go to India for Eid holidays with his family of five. He is uncertain about the plane ticket as he has not got the visa yet. However, due to the long holiday, even though he did not get a plane ticket, he is preparing to travel to India by land. “I don’t go out of the country for a long time,” he said. Many countries offer different conditions for issuing visas. I have decided to go to India as it is relatively easy. ‘

Due to Corona, various festival-oriented foreign trips have been almost closed for the last two years. This Eid is going to cut a lot of drought. Many like Mohammad Hasnain are now going abroad. Although many tourists are still waiting for a visa to a specific destination. To avoid complications, many are rushing to countries that offer on-arrival visas. Many people are booking air tickets to travel to short distance neighboring countries for easy travel.

Convener of Bangladesh Outbound Tour Operators Forum Chowdhury Hasanuzzaman told Prothom Alo that this time 35-40 thousand people will travel to India before and after Eid. However, with the introduction of new visa requirements, many Bangladeshis are facing obstacles to travel to countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Without this complication, he thinks, more people would be traveling outside the country this Eid.

The general manager (public relations) of US Bengal Airlines told Prothom Alo that about 80 per cent tickets have been booked on the Kolkata and Maldives routes. However, the capacity of the aircraft is not high. Most of those who go to India will go by land. Many will also go to Nepal. However, many are unable to travel long distances to their desired destinations due to visa complications.

Talking to people associated with tourism, it is learned that this time the tourists are in the final stage of preparation to go abroad for the long Eid holiday. Most of the tourists are booking tickets to the nearest distance to the tour operators and airlines. Most of them are going to India. Next on the list are Nepal and Maldives. Besides, many are going to visit Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and Dubai this Eid