Several countries including UK, Australia and Canada have issued travel advisory for its citizens following the decision of Indian government to demonetize Rs 500 and 1000 notes to curb black money in the country.
The decision was announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the nation on November 8, 2016. The travel advisory by these countries haven’t discouraged the tourists from traveling to India.
Instead it clearly points out the procedure to replace old demonetization currency with the new notes at banks in India. The travel advisory urges tourists to carry their photo identification proof and expect long queues at the banks in India.
Canadian government has also urged citizens to check with their bank whether their existing debit/credit cards will work in India or not. It also mentioned that Demonetized can be exchanged at banks and Post Office in India till December 30, 2016.
Australian travel advisory further asked citizens to be prepared for long queues at the ATMs. The advisory also states that it may take some time before ATMs in India are functional again since all of them would have to be filled with new currency, a process which is bound to take time.
Australian government has also told its citizens to not accept any Indian currency note high than the Rs 100 since the Indian government has demonetized them.
Tour Operators in India have although welcomed the decision of the government to curb black money but insists that the whole exercise could have been delayed till the end of tourist season in India.
Tour Operators Associations requested the government to continue accepting old currency at ASI monuments and national sites since the entry fee at these places is generally high for foreign tourists. The government has agreed to this demand of the tourism industry.