Mauritius among first few countries to benefit from India’s e-visa facility
The e-visa facility was rolled out by Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Home Affairs for India (right), along with state minister for tourism and culture Mahesh Sharma, yesterday, November 27, 2014 at the ITDC-managed Hotel Ashoka in Delhi. (Image: The Hindu)
Mauritius is among the countries in the first phase to benefit from India’s e-visa facility, which was rolled out by Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Home Affairs for India, along with tourism minister Mahesh Sharma, yesterday, November 27, 2014 at the ITDC-managed Hotel Ashoka, Delhi, according to a senior tourism ministry official.
Out of the 43 countries, which will be provided the electronic visa facility in the first phase, Israel, Palestine, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine, Jordan, Norway and the US feature among the beneficiaries of the much-awaited e-visa facility as from yesterday.
Besides, the 12 countries currently enjoying the visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility – including South Korea, Japan, Finland, Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos – will now lie under the e-visa facility.
Barring a few countries like Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia, all the countries will be covered under the e-visa regime in phases.
Valid for 30 days, the e-visa facility will give the opportunity to a tourist to avail the facility twice a year.
A tourist from these 43 countries will now be able to apply for an e-visa through the designated website and pay the fee online to get an electronic version of the visa within 96 hours.
The facility will be available initially at nine airports namely Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvanthapuram, Hyderabad and Goa.
In addition, Mexico, Kenya, and Fiji are being considered for the e-visa facility since India is being promoted as a 365 days destination, said the senior tourism ministry official.
India’s presence will be felt in many countries through incredible India road shows, which serve as a platform to showcase many travel and tourism products.
According to the official, destinations in India range from the magnificent Himalayas in the north to the beautiful serene backwaters of Kerala; from legendary forts of Rajasthan to world heritage sites like Hampi in Karnataka; from the exotic one-horn rhinos of Kaziranga to majestic elephant herds of Bandipur; from the majestic lions of the Gir to Royal Bengal tigers of the Sunderbans; besides, of course, the sprawling beaches of the peninsular nation’s long coastline.
The President at the Indian Association of Tour Operators, Subhas Goyal, noted that this facility had been requested since a long time.
He concluded on the note that it would be a big boost for the tourism sector and hailed it as a landmark move in the sector’s history.