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Tourists from 31 More Countries to Benefit from E-Tourist Visa

E-Tourist Visa
Easing entry norms into the country, India has extended e-tourist visas to 31 more countries, which will benefit citizens from countries like France, Canada, Chile, the Bahamas, Cayman Island, Georgia, and Macedonia.

The facility will become operational by June 15; seven more airports –where tourists can avail themselves of the facility –have also been commissioned. These airports where the facility will now be available are Jaipur, Amritsar, Gaya, Lucknow, Trichy, Varanashi, and Ahmedabad.

The e-tourist visa scheme, which was launched last year in November, currently covers 45 countries and is serviced at nine designated airports in India. With the latest announcements, the number of countries would go up to 76, while the total number of airports where the service can be availed would reach 16.

The government intends to extend the facility to more countries in coming times, which will be done in a phased manner, government officials informed.

In fact, the Modi-led government at the center, by the end of the fiscal year, plans to bring 150 countries under the scheme. This was reflected in the Union Budget 2015-16 presented Arun Jaitley.

Now e-Tourist Visa Facility is available for following countries passport holders:

AnguillaAntigua & BarbudaAustraliaBahamasBarbados
BelizeBrazilCambodiaCanadaCayman Island
Cook IslandsCosta RicaDjiboutiDominicaDominican Republic
EcuadorEl SalvadorEstoniaFijiFinland
LiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMarshall IslandsMauritius
NauruNew ZealandNicaraguaNiue IslandNorway
OmanPalauPalestinePapua New GuineaParaguay
PhilippinesRepublic of KoreaRepublic of MacedoniaRussiaSaint Christopher and Nevis
SamoaSingaporeSolomon IslandsSri LankaThailand
VanuatuVatican City-Holy SeeVietnam  

For more information visit Indian Government Online Visa Website

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First Published on: 02 May, 2015
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