India liberalises e-visa regime, makes it more tourist friendly

The Union Tourism Ministry recently made a series of amendments in India’s e-visa regime, liberalizing it further and making it more tourist friendly. The e-tourist Visa, which was introduced in September 2014 with 46 countries has now been made applicable for 166 countries. The Ministry of Tourism had been working very closely with the Ministry of Home Affairs for easing of the visa Regime in the country over a period of time.

Key Highlights:-

1. The duration of stay in India of e-tourist and e-business visas have been made maximum up to one year with multiple entries subject to the stay stipulations.
2. There would be no separate category of destination wedding visa. Those attending a destination wedding in India can do so under normal e-tourist visa or tourist visa.
3. The existing restriction of allowing foreigner for a maximum of three times has also been removed.
4. Further, foreign nationals who fall sick during their stay in India can now avail medical treatment without converting their visa into medical visa. This would take care of sudden medical emergencies.
5. Besides, the visa-on-arrival facility has been extended to the nationals of the Republic of Korea.

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