by Devesh Agarwal
The Visa on Arrival service is now operational at the Bengaluru International Airport. Visitors from 11 countries, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Finland, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia are eligible for this service.
The visa will be issued at the immigration desk and will be valid for a maximum period of 30 days. The airport authorities BIAL, will provide separate desks, special seating arrangements and appropriate signage. In the future, the facility will have an enclosure for photographing foreign nationals and currency exchange counters.
Visa on Arrival shall be granted to foreign nationals who are visiting India on recreation, sightseeing, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit. The tourist must hold a valid passport with minimum six months validity. Documents required to be presented at the counter are:
- two passport size photographs
- photocopy of passport
- hotel booking confirmation (if possible)
- return ticket.
A fee of US $60/- or an equivalent amount in Indian rupees per passenger (including children) will be charged for the grant of Visa-on-Arrival. Travellers will be able to obtain single-entry tourism visas, which will be valid for 30 days, which can be extended, in special cases, to 60 days.
More information can be obtained from the Bureau of Immigration website.