The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is working at obtaining Visa on Arrival for 18 countries and is currently in deliberations with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the same. This is a first-time initiative by the MoT to relax the visa process with the main objective of increasing tourism prospects in the country.
These 18 countries have already received long-term visa permission with multiple entry facility and validity for five years. The long-term visa was granted by the MoT earlier to encourage tourism prospects between these nations.
Talking to TravelBiz Monitor, Sanjay Kothari, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism mentioned, “The Ministry is working at obtaining Visa on Arrival for the nations which have already been granted the long-term visa facility. We are currently in talks with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to get the approval for the same. Our objective is to achieve some kind of relaxation in the Visa process and give the tourism segment a boost.”
He further maintained that though MoT is primarily looking forward for Visa on Arrival for these 18 countries, but if the Home Ministry decides to grant long-duration visas for more countries or Visa on Arrival scheme for other countries, then it would be a welcome move. “The goal is to increase tourism receipts and flow of tourists. With relaxations like this, the whole procedure of traveling becomes easier and smoother. The `Incredible India’ campaign will also be supported by this move. We will be able to lure more inbound tourists to the country and hence increase revenue generated through tourism,” added Kothari.
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