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E-visa facility to be extended to 37 more countries

India currently offers e-visa's to residents of 113 countries

New Delhi: E-visa facility would be extended to 37 more countries to attract maximum foreign tourists, a top tourism ministry official said on Saturday. Currently, we have given e-visa facility to 113 countries and the number will go up to 150 soon, tourism secretary Vinod Zuthsi said at an event here.

Zutshi said discussions are on with concerned ministries, including the external affairs and home ministries, and that the extension of the e-visa facility to more countries is expected soon.

He said involvement of all stakeholders is required for promotion of tourism in the country. A total of 22,286 tourists used e-visa facility to visit India in August this year, compared with 2,705 in August 2014. An integrated approach is required to take the Incredible India slogan to the next level, the tourism secretary said.

He said India has vast tourism potential as many places with great opportunity are yet to be explored. “We have to unravel the hidden treasure of many lesser known places. But it requires integrated strategy to promote them," Zutshi said. PTI

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