With the introduction of e-tourist visa scheme in India, there was a spike in the arrivals of foreign tourists. The number of foreign nationals arriving on Indian shores rose by 266 percent in the last one year.
Taking note of the positive response the e-tourist visa scheme received, the Centre has tabled a proposal to liberalise the scheme even more, India Today cities Deccan Chronicle as quoting. The central government is now planning to let foreign tourists entering through e-tourist visa stay in India for up to 100 days, increasing the time span from the earlier period of 30 days, which is being allowed currently as per the e-tourist visa programme. In addition, the Centre is also said to be drawing up plans to allow multiple entries for foreign tourists.
Vinod Zutshi, Union Tourism Secretary, announced this during the inaugural speech delivered by him at the 32nd edition of the IATO (Indian Association of Tour Operators) in Chennai. According to him, the ministry of tourism has agreed ‘in-principle’ to apply modifications to the e-tourist visa scheme and added that these would be introduced very shortly.
With its introduction, the energised e-tourist visa scheme is expected to see a further surge in the number of foreign tourists arriving in India.
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