Tourism Ministry proposes more airports for visa-on-arrival service - The New Indian Express

Tourism Ministry proposes more airports for visa-on-arrival service

Published: 15th April 2013 03:35 PM

Last Updated: 15th April 2013 03:35 PM

The Tourism Ministry is in talks with the Ministries of Home Affairs and External Affairs to extend the visa-on-arrival facility at more airports like Bangalore and Hyderabad to visitors from about 15 countries.

"We have proposed to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to be available at more international airports in India including Bangalore and Hyderabad which would cover tourists from about 15 more countries under its ambit," Additional Director General (MR), Tourism Ministry, A K Gupta told PTI on the sidelines of the Great India Travel Bazaar (GITB) 2013 function.

Both the ministries are examining the proposal and its feasibility, he added.

An initiative of the Tourism Ministry, Department of Tourism (Rajasthan) and industry chamber FICCI, GITB has been successfully organised in Jaipur since 2008. It is a pan-India international platform for inbound tourism.

Currently, the visa-on-arrival scheme is available at four international airports -- Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata. It covers citizens of over 11 countries including Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Myanmar.

The visa-on-arrival scheme has been a huge success and contributed to increase in the number of tourists from these countries, Gupta said.

Last year, the Tourism Ministry had said the government was in the final stages of consultations on allowing visas on arrival to citizens of another 10 countries, including Germany, France and Russia.

According to a FICCI Knowledge Paper on Inbound tourism ( released in February 2013), the number of travel visa on arrival tourists registered a growth of 54.6 per cent as compared to the same period in 2012.

comments powered by Disqus

Disclaimer: We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the NIE editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.


Read More



follow us Mobile Site iPad News Hunt Android RSS Tumblr Linekin Pinterest Youtube Google Plus Twitter Facebook