India: To Expand Its E-Tourist Visas: Available to 31 Additional Countries at 7 Additional Airports by June 15, 2015
The Indian government has planned to extend the e-tourist visa scheme to an additional 31 countries allowing foreign tourists to avail the facility at seven more airports starting June 15, 2015. At present, the “Tourist Visa on Arrival-Electronic Travel Authorization (TVoA-ETA)” scheme provides tourist visa on arrival to citizens of 45 countries at 9 international airports in India.
The countries that will benefit from this extension include Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Belgium, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Surinam, Sweden, Tanzania, East Timor, Turks & Caicos Islands, the UK, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
The new 7 airports to be added to the existing list of 9 international airpots where foreign tourists can avail e-tourist visa upon arrival include Jaipur, Amritsar, Gaya, Lucknow, Trichy, Varansani, and Ahmedabad.
After the extension is implemented, the e-tourist visa scheme will cater to nationals of 76 countries eligible to receive e-tourist visa on arrival at 16 international airports in India.