How Demonetization Has Hit Travellers Coming to India?
1. No cash
First things first, due to this decision, most foreigner tourists are caught off-guard as they choose not to travel with previously withdrawn large sums of money in fear of getting mugged.
This has been both, a boon and a bane for them. For those who withdrew less or no money, they don’t have to go through the process of exchanging old currency. A working ATM and some stroke of luck is all they could hope for. However, not everyone accepts cards and most ATMs are not working. This leaves them in a very helpless position where they have to depend on the kindness of strangers for rides, till they reach a bank.
2. Exchanging currency
Granted it might not be a major inconvenience for us natives, but for foreigners, it’s nothing but an unnecessarily cumbersome complication. Not all foreigners have time and money to waste.
Many save for a long time for their trip to this beautiful country and due to demonetization, directly or indirectly, many of their plans are getting derailed. Processes like exchanging foreign currency are not as easy as they look and take a significant amount of time from the schedule of someone who’s here to spend some quality leisure time.
3. Trust and choice issues
Many foreigners are not open to the idea of using credit and debit card in another country as frequently as the demonetization mover now demands them to. A large number of tourist places, like beach-side shops, souvenir shops and shacks, etc., do not accept cards yet.
Add to that the recent cap on a foreigner being able to exchange currency only worth 5000 rupees in a week and you have the recipe for frustration and inability to buy whatever the heart wants.
4. Performing on the streets
Some tourists in Pushkar were reportedly seen performing because of the cash crunch. Apparently, they were short on money for their tickets and had to think of something to get cash lest it disrupts their plans even more.
5. Tips and hacks
- Use credit and debit cardsas much as possible.
2. Look for ATMS near villages and off-road tourist places. The odds are better in this case.
3. Open up- don’t hesitate to ask for help. Most people would help you out with lifts or minor utility needs but you need to be very careful about whom to ask. Use your judgement.
4. Make a PayTM account. Download the app on your phone and get going. It sure makes things smoother.
5. Know which ATMs have run out of cash and which ones have it by downloading the Walnut app.