New Delhi: International tourists may be able to travel to India by as soon as October 15 and an announcement in this regard is likely to be made by the Central government soon, Union Minister of State for Tourism Shripad Naik was quoted as saying on Saturday by news agency IANS.Also Read - International Flights: Air India Increases Flight Frequency Between Delhi, Chicago From Nov 3, Opens Booking

“As the pandemic decreases, we will start national and international tourism. The announcement will be made soon and there is a possibility of it beginning after October 15,” Naik told reporters on the sidelines of a Gandhi Jayanti function here. “International flights have started and we have requested for charter flights to resume by a particular date so that people can book trips to India and nowhere else,” he added. Also Read - Fully Vaccinated Against Covid-19? You Can Now Travel to US From 8 November. 7 Things to Know

International charter flights account for a bulk of the foreign tourist footfalls to Goa. Earlier this month, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had forwarded a request made by travel and tourism industry stakeholders to the Union Home Affairs Ministry urging the latter to grant permissions to international charter flights at the earliest. Also Read - International Flights: US to Allow Fully Vaccinated Foreign Passengers From THIS Date

(Based on IANS inputs)