As we all know, that the facility of Visa on Arrival (VoA) to India is already available at nine (9) airports in India, but now travelers looking forward to descend to the highly intriguing Superyacht destination- the Andaman Islands can also relish this new facility.
As stated by R. Rathnam of Asia Pacific Superyachts Andaman Islands, “Visa on Arrival Facility is now available at nine (9) airports in India for those interested in exploring the untouched beauty of Andaman’s beauty”. Further to his statement he added, “This is another encouraging move from the Government in welcoming tourists and visiting yachts to India."
India ETA is only accepted at the major nine airports of the nation, namely- Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Goa. While Mr. Rathnam during his conference suggested Chennai and New Delhi airports for those flying specially to the country to explore Port Blair during their vacations.
If to be believed to the recent news from Delhi, the Government of India has specifically relaxed its electronic visa policies for the visitors from ETA eligible nations. The stated changes are primarily proposed to boost the nation's tourism on a larger scale, thus inviting more and more tourists to India.
Kerala is all set to experience a new hike in the tourism industry, with 43 nations enabled to get Tourist Visa On Arrival (TVoA) at the Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi international airports. Whereas, discussions are going on to initiate the facility of online visas at Kerala’s Kozhikode airport too.
As of November 27th , 2014, tourists from below listed countries can apply for their India visa online, thus saving their time of travelling Indian embassies.
Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kingdom of Tongo, Laos, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Papua & New Guinea, the Philippines are among the countries to enjoy this facility.
While, Tourists from Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam and Vanuatu are also listed under the programme.
All they need to do is carry the print copy of email confirmation of their visa and present it to the immigration authorities on arrival in India.
During a recent conference, Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar said- ‘‘This new facility will make travelling to Kerala hassle-free for citizens of many countries. We will ensure that potential visitors are aware of this advantage by intensifying our promotional campaigns there. Some of our key markets such as Germany, Australia, Japan, Russia, US and UAE are also on the list, which will be a great boost to tourism’’.
Foreign nationals from 43 countries can now apply for the India tourist visa-on-arrival (TVoA) online. Holders of this visa will be entitled to travel India at any time within 30 days of his/her visa approval. The process is much easier than the one where the applicant have to visit the respective embassy to apply for the visa. After approval the confirmation of TVoA is sent to the tourist by an Email.
The list of the countries eligible to apply for an India ETA is as follows-
Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kingdom of Tongo, Laos, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Philippines, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea.
The holder of the visa must carry the confirmation of his/her application with themselves all the time during his/her visit. On arrival, at the Indian airport, the visitor must present the copy of the approval in front of the immigration authorities, who would further stamp the entry of the holder into the Indian territory.
Emirates nationals will now be able to apply for an India ETA online. The process of visa application approval will take three working days, after which the holder of the ETA would be able to travel to India twice a year with a limited stay of 30 days per visit. This new procedure is easy, hassle-free, quick and only requires $60 as processing fee.
While speaking to Khaleej Times, the Indian Ambassador to UAE T.P. Seetharam said, "Majority of the tourists seeking Indian visas are Emiratis. We have people of many other nationalities also seeking the service from the UAE". Further, he told reporters that the Indian missions in the UAE annually issue about 50,000 tourist visas.
To apply for VoA, the applicants must submit a fully and correctly filled application form, a copy of passport and a photograph with the website, with which they are applying through for the visa.
The applicant must submit his/her India ETA application minimum four days and maximum 30 days prior to the travel date. As soon as the application is submitted, the applicant will be informed via an email regarding the status of the visa application.
In the first phase, around 30 countries are expected to be cleared for Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or the e-visa system. As per the information revealed by an official close to the development, the first list, which is expected to be out soon is likely to include, the US, Brazil, Argentina, besides a few countries from Europe, Africa and Asia. This is in addition to the 11 countries that are already enjoying the facility of visa on arrival in India, which are- Finland, the Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Luxembourg and New Zealand.
While, Australia might also be added to the e-visa list with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to visit the country, sources said. Also, soon the visa arrival scheme will be extended to 180 countries where India has a diplomatic mission. The ETA portal is being developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). "The software has been undergoing trials runs for close to a month now," said an NIC official.
"About 40 countries account for 90 per cent of the foreign tourists coming to India. Including those countries would have been the most beneficial for tourism growth," said an official with the tourism ministry.
The news of India ETA facility has not only made Indians happy, but people from foreign countries who wish to travel this diverse nation are equally excited for it. In the recent interview with TravelBiz Monitor at the Loi Krathong festival organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand at Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, Chalit Manityakul, Ambassador of Thailand to India said, "I have strong belief that Thailand will be in the first batch of countries for which the Indian government will be extending VoA, it will be for the benefit of India. We are not a security threat to India in any manner. We are peace loving people".
Though Indian travelers are already enjoying the VOA facility in Thailand for many years, the Ambassador assured, to improve and enhance the visa facilitation process in India. While the processing system which is outsourced and is used in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai is working fine. However, the Ambassador is planning to improvise the mechanical system which is soon to be installed in Kolkata. "We are in the process of selecting a company for outsourcing the system in Kolkata,â€ he said.
While addressing the Indian American community at the Madison Square Garden in New York, the Prime Minister of India- Narendra Modi made sure to strengthen the country's relationship with the United States of America. Throughout his speech yesterday, the PM focused on various measures to ease the travel process to India for US travelers and assured that the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) and Visa on Arrival (VOA) for US citizens are on the cards and will be implemented immediately.
During his near hour-long speech, the PM also announced to extend lifelong Visa for PIO card holders. Soon, the PIO and OCI schemes will be merged and the respective card holders will be granted a visa for life.
Initially, India introduced the tourist VOA facility for the citizens of only five countries, but now, the citizens of almost eleven nations can avail the scheme benefits. These countries are- Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and South Korea.
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As per the information revealed by the Union Government of India, airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Goa would soon be able to provide the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) facility to the travelers of the nation. The software that will be used to provide this service is in its final stages of completion, as the National Informatics Centre is giving its final touching.
This visa facility would very soon be implemented by the home ministry with assistance from tourism and external affairs ministries. A total of 561 personnel is needed by the ministry to man the process of ETA and travel authorization at the airport counters.
In a speech on 10th July, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, "The countries to which the electronic travel authorisation facility would be extended would be identified in a phased way. This would further facilitate the visa on arrival facility."
As per the recent study by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, India welcomes less than seven million foreign tourists in a year and is ranked at 41st number on the list of inbound tourism. And, with the introduction of this new visa facility, the inbound tourism is expected to reach 12 million in coming three to five years.
As a part of the first phase of visa reforms, the Indian Prime Minister Office gave its approval for an Electronic Visa for tourists descending to India from Canada. Canada is one among the forty countries which will get the facility of ETA by December, 2014.
A total of 40 countries from round the world, including United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Canada, Germany, France, Malaysia and Australia, would be able to enjoy the facility of applying for a visa for India by sitting at their home from next year.
At a recent meeting held at the government office, the principal secretary to PM Nripendra Misra asked the union tourism ministry of India to prepare a clear list of countries where the country could extend its facility of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Whereas, SAARC countries are not expected to be on the India ETA eligible nations, and Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Afghanistan are on "prior reference".
The countries for which visa on arrival facility would be extended includes- the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Norway and Ireland.
Countries where ETA could be extended: US, UK, Russia, Canada, Germany, France, Malaysia, Australia, Italy, Spain, South Africa, UAE, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Austria, Ukraine, Portugal, Mauritius.
First budget given by Arun Jaitley, Minister for Finance, Government of India, on 10th July 2014, bought a new information on India ETA Visa for frequent travelers to the country. As said by Jaitley, the facility of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or E- Visa, will start from this financial year.
The main reason behind bringing up ETA facility in the country is to boost up the inbound tourism in the country. The Finance Minister also proposed the idea of starting ETA facility through nine airports, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Goa and Trivandrum.
The next step of creating necessary infrastructure at all the identified airports will be completed in the next six months. Proposing the ETA, Jaitley also said that tourism is identified as a major job creator for many countries of the world and to give a boost to tourism in India, the government is committed to introduce ETA which would further be expanded to Visa on Arrival (VoA).
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