As PM Narendra is all set to visit US on 26th September, India is planning to introduce Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility for US tourists. If government sources are to be believed, the Ministry of Home Affairs is working day and night to complete all the work before PM’s visit, so that he could announce the same during the visit.
The MHA is working closely with the Tourism ministry for finalizing all the formalities regarding Tourist VoA. Through this facility, US citizens would be granted visa for the purpose of recreation, tourism & sightseeing, meeting friends & relatives, etc. It does not matter if they have a home or job in India or not. The visa is expected to be given for the period of 30 days.
In the early 2010, the VoA facility was extended to the citizens of five countries. Now the number has increased to 11 countries, which are New Zealand, Luxembourg, Finland, Cambodia, Japan Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia and South Korea.
India and US have been strategic partners for long, but currently none of the two provides VoA facility to the other. If things get finalized, US will be the 12th country to whom India will extend VoA facility.
During five-day visit to US, the Indian PM will speak in UN General Assembly in New York. Afterwards, he would have bilateral talks with American President Barack Obama in Washington. The schedule also includes a dinner that President Obama will host for PM Modi on September 29th. The dinner would provide the very first opportunity to President Obama and Narendra Modi to talk to each other.
The day after PM Modi will attend a working lunch that would be hosted by American Vice-President Joe Biden. After this, the Prime Minister is scheduled to be a part of business event.
This high-profile visit of PM Narendra Modi is expected to solidify the strategic ties between India and US. The two nations will also get the opportunity to focus on civil nuclear cooperation, in addition to trade and technology.
Tour My India News Desk.
Published: 23 Sep, 2014 Tour My India