Hyderabad: Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport will issue e-Visas to citizens of 43 countries from November 27 onwards.
Visitors from 43 countries, including Israel, Palestine, Germany and the US will be able to avail of the much-awaited electronic visa facility. However, the facility will not be available to people from countries like Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia.
In order to get an e-Visa, one would need to apply on the designated website along with the required fees. An electronic version of the visa will be granted with 96 hours. All arrangements have been made and the system will be operational at nine international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Goa.
The e-Visa facility will be rolled out by Union home minister Rajnath Singh along with tourism minister Mahesh Sharma.
Countries like Russia, Brazil, Thailand, the UAE, Ukraine, Jordan, Norway and Mauritius among others would be getting the e-visa facility in the first phase, stated a press release.
All the 12 countries currently enjoying the Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility, including South Korea, Japan, Finland, Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia, Burma, Vietnam and Laos, will also get the e-Visa facility.
Mexico, Kenya and Fiji are also being considered for the facility. “We are promoting India as a 365-day destination and Incredible India roadshows are being held at many countries offering many products. e-Visa would be a historic occasion for the tourism sector as we have been demanding this facility for long.
The launching of the e-Visa system for so many countries will boost the industry,” said Subhas Goyal, the president of Indian Association of Tour Operators.
Pakistan, Sri Lanka not on favoured list:
The e-visa facility will not be available to people from countries like Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia.
A visitor would need to apply on the designated website along with the required fees. An electronic version of the visa will be granted with 96 hours....