In 2017, electronic Tourist Visa (e-Visa) for India was used by about 1.69 million foreigners, which represent a huge surge in a movement to the country via this facility. In respect to this, international tourists who want to visit India can now do their biometrics registration for getting e-visa in eight additional cities. These new cities will be equipped with biometric facilities to hasten and make easier the process of foreign visitors obtaining e-visa according to Press Trust of India (PTI), India’s largest news agency. The cities include Ottawa (Canada), Brussels (Belgium), Oslo (Norway), St. Petersburg and Vladivostok (Russia), Zagreb (Croatia), Budapest (Hungary) and Munich (Germany).
With the latest additions, an integrated e-visa system for biometric registration is now obtainable in 152 Indian missions bringing Indian missions overseas to a total of 178. With the provision of these facilities in more foreign cities, foreign tourists are not required to tender their biometrics when they arrive India hence making their move into India hassle-free because they can provide their details in their respective countries.
An official of the country said this would make it easier to share and monitor visa data. E-visa facility for India can be used by citizens of more than 160 countries.
How it Works?
It is clearly stated on the website created by the Indian government for the purpose of this e-visa that:
- Applicants from the eligible countries may apply for India’s e-visa at least 4 days before the date of arrival with a 120-day window.
- Such e-visa obtained by international tourists will be valid for 60 days which starts counting from the day of entering India.
- For e-tourist visa and e-business visa, double entry is allowed by the Indian government’s provision
- Triple entry is allowed for tourists applying for e-Medical Visa.
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