| Domestic |
| India Eases E-Visa Rules, Adds Two New Categories |
The Indian government
has from April 1, 2017 eased visa regulations, allowing tourists coming into
the country on e-visa to stay for up to two months instead one and double-entry
benefits. Furthermore, the window for e-visa application is now extended from
the earlier 30 days to 120 days.
As well, new medical
and business categories are added to the e-visa facility, and are given triple-
and double-entry benefits respectively.
Arun Anand, managing director, Midtown Travels,
said: “The earlier e-visa facility only allowed single entry, which was a
bottleneck for tourists keen to combine their visits to India with neighbouring
destinations. Though a multiple-entry e-visa would be ideal, at least a
double-entry e-visa will allow us to suggest the facility to clients looking to
visit neighbouring countries as well.”
At present, e-visas are only available for nationals of 161
countries for entry through 24 airports and three ports – Cochin, Goa and Mangalore.
Authorities are looking to extend the e-visa facility at the ports of Mumbai and Chennai to promote cruise tourism.