Lara Arison was enjoying her visit to India, till the government abolished the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations Tuesday midnight. With two more weeks left before her return home to Nigeria, Arison is stranded in the financial capital with just a few hundred-rupee notes left in her wallet. “I do not even own a card that can be used internationally. I do not know how I am going to feed myself for the next two weeks, let alone see the rest of the country or buy things. I am so confused,” she said.
Like Arison, there are many foreign tourists confused about how they are going to manage the rest of their stay in India till they board their flight back home.
“I rushed to the currency exchange centre as soon as I heard about it from the hotel I am staying in. But they refused to exchange the currency. I am hoping that they will accept the money at the airport, failing which I will be left with just papers that have no value. It is disappointing,” said Knud Bielefled, a German tourist who will be in India for three more days.
Abineuo Rachel, who is visiting Mumbai with her aged parents, urged the government to release guidelines for tourists. Calling it a “stressful situation,” Rachel, a Singaporean, asked, “When you travel, you prefer travelling light. Most local outlets do not have credit card facilities. Travelling is my major concern. How do I pay the cab fare? Or travel in the local?”