* The Indian government implemented the first phase of ETA-enabled TVoA
for 43 countries who want to visit India for sightseeing, visiting family and friends, rejuvenation, casual business visits, and short-duration medical tours in 2014.The scheme simplifies the visa application process and encourages tourist inflow to the country.
applications will be approved within three days, following which an e-mail authorisation will be sent to applicants, which they are required to carry while flying to India.
Seetharam said the TVoA
has eliminated the need for the candidates to be present at the agency processing visa applications (BLS International in the UAE) or the Indian missions.
A senior ministry official explains Chiranjeevi's point: " Currently India offers TVOA
facility at its four major airports -- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai to 11 countries, while China on January 1, 2013, aggressively launched Visa on Arrival scheme for 45 countries.'' However, the ministry of home affairs recently informed that it will not extend the TVOA
facility to any other country.
Initially, in January 2010 TvoA
scheme was introduced for citizens of five countries and now, the facility is available for citizens of 11 countries --Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and South Korea.
According to the official data, there has been significant increase in the number of international passenger arrivals subsequent to the implementation of the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA
) facility on November 11, 2014, at the airport.
After the launch of TVoA
enabled by ETA Scheme, 65,000 ETAs have been issued in 75 days and on an average 1000 ETAs are being issued per day at present.
Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C), Tourism & Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation launched the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA
) enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Scheme here today.
The Government has launched Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA
) enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) on 27th November 2014 for 43 countries.
List of more countries eligible for TVoA
would be notified by the Government from time to time.
Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C), Tourism & Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, launched the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA
) enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Scheme at a function here today.
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to extend Tourist Visa on Arrival facility (TVoA
) at four additional airports viz.