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E-visa facility for foreign tourists launched

Navadha Pandey  New Delhi | Updated on November 27, 2014 Published on November 27, 2014

Home Minister Rajnath Singh (right) with Minister of State for Tourism & Culture, Mahesh Sharma, at the launch of the tourist visa on arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation in the Capital on Thursday. -- Ramesh Sharma

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday launched the electronic visa facility for foreign tourists, which would make travel seamless and hassle-free in India.

The tourist visa on arrival by electronic travel authorisation (ETA) would be introduced in a phased manner at nine airports across the country: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Goa. As many as 76 counters have been created for this at these airports.

The countries for which the facility will be extended will also be identified in a phased manner, a senior tourism ministry official said.

A foreign tourist will have to apply online at the Web site, upload a photo and passport and pay a fee online. In 72 hours, the applicant would receive an ETA by e-mail.

The 30-day permit would include sightseeing, visiting friends and family, recreation, short duration medical treatment, and a casual business visit.

According to news reports, visitors from over 40 countries, including Israel, Palestine, Germany and the US, will be able to avail of the e-visa facility.

Countries currently enjoying the visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility include South Korea, Japan, Finland, Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos. They are also set to come under the e-visa facility.

Published on November 27, 2014

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