Travelers to India have been able to enjoy the Visa on Arrival (VOAs) facility at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata since January 2013.
Online PR News – 25-April-2013 – Petaling Jaya, Selangor – Travelers to India have been able to enjoy the Visa on Arrival (VOAs) facility at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata since January 2013. Now, the Indian government has decided to extend the VOA facility to Kochi’s Cochin International Airport (CIAL) too. The consent papers for the new VOA scheme have already reached the Ministry of Home Affairs and are awaiting verification.
As soon as the approval comes through, CIAL is expected to provide room for the Bureau of Immigration (BoI), in the form of offices, waiting rooms and other provisions to facilitate visa procedures. The 30-day VOA at CIAL will be made available to foreign nationals from 11 countries, namely Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia, who are visiting India for recreation, medical treatment and social visits to family and friends.
India has plans to extend their VOA facility to even more countries, but to date, it’s all still under negotiation. Another tourist-boosting effort by the Indian government has been to relax restrictions on travel visas. Now, foreigners are eligible for a VOA twice in a calendar year, provided there’s a minimum gap of 2 months between the visits. However, nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, as well as foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh origins and stateless persons, who are visiting India on a Tourist Visa, will need to allow for a gap of two months between two visits to India.
India has plans to extend their VOA facility to even more countries: http://www.evisaasia.com/news/india-proposes-extension-of-voa-facility-to-more-countries
India relaxes restriction on travel visa to boost tourist growth: http://www.evisaasia.com/news/india-relaxes-restriction-on-travel-visa-to-boost-tourist-growt