Increase e-Visa validity to a decade to improve tourism: NITI Aayog
In its report ‘The Technique for New India @ 75’, NITI Aayog has said that regardless of the introduction of an e-Visa facility, visitors discover the process of trying to get a visa still cumbersome
Government think tank NITI Aayog has proposed that the validity amount of e-Visas be risen to a decade and the amount of annual visits for all those on e-medical visa be enhanced to attract more tourists in the united kingdom.
The validity of e-Visa (except e-Conference visa) is 60 days from the date of arrival in India. In the event of e-Conference visa, the validity is 1 month. Double entry is permitted on e-Tourist e-Business and visa visa. Triple entry is permitted on e-Medical visa and e-Medical Attendant visa. Only single entry is permitted on e-Conference visa.
e-Visa could be availed for no more than 3 x in a twelve months i.e., january to December between.
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In its report ‘The Technique for New India @ 75’, NITI Aayog has said that regardless of the introduction of an e-Visa facility, visitors discover the process of trying to get a visa still cumbersome.
“Increase e-Visa awareness globally by launching an information campaign through our consulates abroad. Additionally it is essential to launch an e-Visa regime to attract clientele from the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) market. To attract repeat visitors, the validity amount of e-Visas could be risen to 10 years,” the report said.
It in addition has suggested that the amount of annual visits allowed under an e-Medical visa be enhanced. Currently, e-Medical visa holders are allowed three repeat visits throughout their one-year visa period.
“It isn’t really sufficient for patients who require follow-up/ post-operative care,” the report stated, adding India should raise the amount of persons accompanying people that have e-medical visa from the existing two to four beneath the same visa, as has been done in countries like Malaysia.
A total of just one 1.8 million foreigners visited India this season within the initial 10 months on e-Visa — four times a lot more than the 447,000 figure registered in 2015 and the best so far. The utmost amount of visitors who availed this facility were from the united kingdom, the united states, China, Germany and france, in accordance with official figures.
First Published: Sun, December 23 2018. 19:25 IST