Now Flyers Can Make Calls And Use The Internet On The Flight

By alexatravel on November 1, 2019 Travel News

Now Flyers can make calls and use the internet on the flight

The opportunity for which Indian flyers have been waiting for long is almost here now. After a few more months, the Indian air passengers will get the facility to make calls and browse the internet while they are flying. While flying the Indian airspace now passengers can make calls to their family & friends and even use the internet. This proposal was cleared by the Telecom Commission for allowing the facility of broader in-connectivity which is already available in most of the developed countries. The telecom department announced that both the calls and the internet will be allowed at the height of approximately 30000 feet in the Indian airspaces. Even the internet access through the on-board connectivity will only be allowed after the completion of the boarding and starting the usage of the devices by the passengers at airplane mode at minimum altitude or around 3000 meters.

This decision of the Telecom Commission was welcomed by major airlines such as Air India and Vistara. The earlier implementation of this decision has been ensured by Civil Aviation Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu. While the Department of Telecommunication has said in a statement that they are at the final stages of taking out the inflight connectivity license norms for the operating airlines in India.

As per the reports whenever the norms for the license of inflight connectivity will be rolled out, then the department of telecommunication will give the service options within the two months both to the airlines as well as to the telecom operators. This means if everything goes well then the telecommunication department would likely allow inflight connectivity by October or maximum by November.

The officials of DoT said that the recommendations given by the Telecom Regulatory Authority In India (TRAI) have been followed by the department in drafting the guidelines. They also said that they would just need the time of two weeks for the approval of the law ministry after the approval of the norms by the department.

The recommendations made by the Trai this year in January had suggested that this facility of making voice calls & browsing the internet will be allowed both on domestic and international flights with the Indian airspace. It has also been suggested to provide the inflight connectivity license at the rate of Re 1 per annum. This is the price that has the possibility of being changed later. Though the pricing has yet to be decided and it will be the mutual decision of Airlines and the service provider.

Another suggestion given the regulatory body was related to the availability of the on-board wi-fi. The body said that the on-board wi-fi will only be available to the users if they are permitted to use their electronic devices in airplane mode.

The reports further said that all the suggestion has been approved by TRAI which has been given by the Telecom commission except the one which says that permissions should be given to the foreign satellites for providing the connectivity in the airplanes.

On the other hand, the restriction of using mobile phones at the time of landing and take will remain the same. The facility of wi-fi usage has been allowed by many airlines across the globe to their passengers but they need to switch off this facility immediately after entering the Indian airspace. Among the 30 airlines that have already allowed the usage of mobile phones in their airspaces include British Airways, Air New Zealand, Virgin Atlantic, AirAsia, Qatar Airways, Emirates Air France, Malaysia Airlines, and Egypt Air.

At present, under the regulations of Indian civil aviation, all mobile phones are needed to be turned off for avoiding any interference with the communication systems of the aircraft. But the use of other electronic devices such as tablets is allowed but only after reaching the cruising height as they don’t interfere with the radio signals of the flights.

The Indian carriers are in favor of the decision of allowing access to the internet on airspaces as it will result in enhancement of revenues along with bringing them at par with international flights. However, the task is not going to be easy for the Indian Carriers as it would need an investment of around $1million. The planes will also have to be grounded for a minimum of 10days for retrofitting it with the technology. But if we look at the current circumstances, then this revamping doesn’t look very welcoming.

So, if by Octobers the licenses are out for the usage of mobile phones and browsing of the internet, but the passengers will still have to wait before they start using the phones in Indian airspace.



Enjoy Visa-Free Travel From India to Brazil Soon

By alexatravel on October 29, 2019 Travel News

As we all know that after passport, visa the foremost requirement for traveling outside the country. But there are many countries that allow visa-free travel to the citizens of other countries. All this is done to make travel hassle-free and encourage more tourism in the country. Another country that has taken step towards this direction is Brazil.

As we all know that after passport, visa the foremost requirement for traveling outside the country. But there are many countries that allow visa-free travel to the citizens of other countries. All this is done to make travel hassle-free and encourage more tourism in the country. Another country that has taken step towards this direction is Brazil.

Now traveling to Brazil will be hassle-free for Indians as they will no longer require any visa to visit the country. This announcement was done by the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday. Along with tourists also the people visiting the country for the business purpose have been exempted from getting a visa. The other country along with India who will be benefitted from this exemption is China.

The Brazilian President made this statement during his recent China visit that the nationals from both India and China will no longer need any visa for visiting Brazil for business or tourism. The idea behind this move is to enter the South Asian market and enhance the number of travellers from this region.

There are many popular holiday destinations across the globe and Brazil is one of them. The tourism sector of Brazil is all set to touch the new heights and this new policy shift is the step towards this direction. This policy shift step is one of its kind steps that has been taken especially for the developing countries. Earlier, this year June, Brazil has also reduced its visa requirements for developed countries such as Japan, Australia, Canada, and the USA. This step was taken at the beginning of this year when Jair Bolsonaro came into power and became a Brazilian President. The nationals of these countries will not require any visa to enter Brazil for their stay of 90 days which is further extendable up to 90 more days. But in return, all these countries have not made any changes in their visa requirements for the Brazilians. This move has increased tourism to 25% from these countries as compared to the year 2018 in the same period.

In September, this year Brazilian President has said in UN national assembly that same policy shifts have also been studied for India and China. On October 25, the announcement of the new move came.

The dropping of visa rules will not only encourage tourism but also prove beneficial for the economy. The reason behind these changes in visa requirements is to enhance the tourism sector’s contribution to the national GDP and make it to around 25%.

If we look at e reports issued by the government, this South America’s favorite & popular country is the home for 4700 Indians. The maximum number of Indians stays in Sau Paulo, Manaus, and Rio De Janeiro. Not only this, but an all-round relationship is also shared by these two countries in forums like IBSA, G-20, BRICS and many more.

By providing the visa waiver, the main perspective of the Brazilian government is to stimulate the country as the prime tourist as well as a business destination. However, India has still not given any visa-free access to nationals of Brazil in return. The visa regulations of India for the people of Brazil are very comprehensive. India gives Brazilians an opportunity of availing their visas in five categories which are e-Tourist, e-Medical Attendant, e-Medical visa, e-Conference, and e-Business.

Not only Brazil but also many other countries provide visa-free access to the nationals on India for tourism. This category includes the names of countries like Fiji, Indonesia, Mauritius, Seychelles, and many more. So, if want to visit Brazil, then pack your bags as this is the time to enjoy without the worries of obtaining a visa.