Home / Politics / Policy /  India to allow visa-on-arrival for 180 countries from September

New Delhi: India will provide 30-day validity visa-on-arrival to tourists from 180 countries by September, MoS (parliamentary affairs and planning) Rajeev Shukla said on Wednesday. The development overcomes the foreign ministry’s concerns on reciprocity and the home ministry’s concerns on safety.

The proposal is to provide these visas to tourists from 180 instead of 51 countries as earlier proposed after collecting their biometrics in order to make India a more tourism friendly destination, Shukla said.

The visa-on-arrival facility would be provided from September if the requisite infrastructure and manpower are made available, he said.

The tourism ministry will have to circulate and obtain the finance ministry’s nod for additional funds required for the proposal to be implemented.

Shukla said that the facility is available for a few countries at present but not implemented due to lack of infrastructure. No increase in visa fees was being proposed, he said.

The government has launched a pilot or test project to collect biometrics of all foreign nationals applying for visas to India to eliminate fake visas and strengthen security, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

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