The first month of the year 2022 has not only welcomed the year 2022 itself but also welcomes another Covid-19 variant & wave in the world too. Definitely not a good start to the year but we hope it doesn’t get worse. In this article, you will get all the important and latest tourism/ travel updates from all around the globe for the month of January (2022).
Latest Travel News of January 2022
Following are some of the important international tourism updates of January 2022.
1. Turkmenistan is attempting to close the famous ‘Door to Hell’
Turkmenistan authorities are planning to close the fiery ‘Gates of Hell’ after 50 years of continuous burning. Gates of Hell or Door to Hell is a 230-feet wide fiery sinkhole in the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan which has been burning for 50 years. t is situated about 260 km away from the capital of Turkmenistan and is officially known as Darvaza Gas Crater.
Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia, and its Gates of Hell came into existence in 1971 when it was set on fire. The Gates of Hell has become a popular tourist attraction among the local as well as foreign tourists. The surrounding area is also popular for wild desert camping.
According to TOI reports, Turkmenistan President, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said in a televised government program that the Gates of Hell is burning a large volume of gas, and it could be used to help prosper the country and its people. The idea is to get access to the natural gas reserves that are present inside this burning pit.
President Berdymukhamedov further said that the burning pit will be closed for environmental and health reasons as well. Turkmenistan has a challenging task at hand to extinguish this burning Gates of Hell. The idea to extinguish the Gates of Hell is not a new one. The President had first issued this order back in 2010, but for some reason, it was not achieved back then.
Well, good luck with that! Let’s see if this time they could really shut down the Door to Hell or it will light up for some time more.
2. India extends ban on international flights till February 28
The office of the Director-General of Civil Aviation, Government of India has released a notification that states that all international commercial arrivals and departures will be suspended till 28th February 2022. However, cargo flights and flights under air bubble arrangements and Vande Bharat flights will not be affected by the suspension.
An official statement by DGCA states that “The authority has decided to extend the suspension of Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 28th February 2022.” Read the full notification here –
— DGCA (@DGCAIndia) January 19, 2022
These are some of the important travel updates from the month of January.