Abu Dhabi: The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi on Monday advised India-bound travellers to carry international credit and debit cards, in view of the prevailing currency crunch.
In a sudden announcement on November 8, the Indian Government had demonetised the widely used Rs500 and Rs1000 currency notes, triggering a nationwide liquidity crisis.
On Monday, a statement from Indian Embassy said: “In view of this, Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi advises all travellers to India to carry with them valid and sufficiently funded International credit/debit cards.”
On November 17, the UAE Ambassador to New Delhi advised travellers to India to carry credit cards, which can be used in hotels, restaurants and hospital, due to the current shortage of the rupee supply.
“If it is necessary to carry a cash, it has to be in US dollar or Euro. It is also necessary to make sure that the Rs500 and Rs2,000 notes are the ones that are now in circulation,” Ambassador Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna had said in a statement on November 17.
Meanwhile on Monday, life was impacted in several states due to nationwide protests called by opposition parties against the demonetization.
In Kerala, public and private transport buses are off roads in several districts. In West Bengal, Left parties held protests but public transport was largely unaffected. In Odisha, the government has ordered closure of educational institutes.
In capital New Delhi, both the houses of Parliament were adjourned after protests by opposition leaders who are demanding a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.