In an endeavour to provide a stimulus to the tourism sector, the Indian government has initiated the process to provide the visa-on-arrival facility to several more nations. The move is expected to push foreigners to grab flights’ tickets for India.

india-likely-to-extend-on-arrival-visa-for-40-countries

India is going all out to ensure that foreign tourists are encouraged to book tickets on flights landing in the country. As per media reports, the Govt. of India is planning to extend visa on arrival (VoA) facility to tourists from 40 countries, including the UK and the USA. The move is likely to egg on tourists to invest on air tickets and jump aboard India bound flights. And for Indian authorities it could mean soaring number of foreign tourists.

Canada, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Israel, Mauritius, Oman and Argentina are some other nations for which this facility can be extended.

Currently, citizens of around 11 countries including Japan, New Zealand and Vietnam can make use of the VoA facility.

A report in Times of India, country’s leading newspaper, says that the authorities have also agreed to extend visa on arrival to foreign travellers above 60 years of age from all countries and trim down the time taken to dole out visas to groups that are keen to attend conventions.

There are reports suggesting that VoA facility would also be extended to more airports in India like the ones in Goa, Amritsar, Chandigarh, etc., which receive large number of foreigners who book flights tickets to the country. At present, the option is available at international airports of Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, where the majority of international flights land at in India.

All these measures and steps contemplated by the authorities in India are sure to boost tourism in the country. More overseas visitors will find it hassle-free to book tickets, board flights and land in India.

In 2012, 6.58 million foreign tourists grabbed tickets on flights and visited India.

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. If you have booked a flight only and we send you your e-ticket more than 24 hours after your payment is accepted by us, your flight will be protected under our ATOL. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

Book with Confidence. We are a Member of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. We provide financial protection for your money when you buy a package holiday. If you buy other travel arrangements such as accommodation only this protection doesn't apply.

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office check www.gov.uk/travelaware. All credit card payments are subject to 1.5% surcharge (2% for American Express)