Indian government is expected to roll out eTV (e-tourist visa) facility for Bangladeshis, which allows them an effortless arrival in India. In reports to a highly-placed source in New Delhi, Narendra modi, Indian Prime Minister is likely to declare the new electronic visa proposal during his next visit to Bangladesh, earlier in June.
The main aim of this scheme is to provide Indian visas through online to travelers of renowned nations in a very short span of time, evidently to end decades-old complaint regarding burdensome and delayed visa procedure of the Indian government. Modi is all set to make an announcement to a large gathering of students, teachers, academicians that will be organized at the Dhaka University.
In this visa offering, the Bangladeshis whose main objective of travelling the neighboring country would be meeting family and friends or casual business visit or medical treatment would be into eligibility criteria. According to the leading news channel, this [eTV facility] is going to be a gift offered from the prime minister of India to people of Bangladesh.
Modi is a dynamic politician who can take major steps going beyond the structured discussions of officials, Modi is likely to make certain positive announcement which will be pleasant surprises to people of Bangladesh. On june 6-7, India and Bangladesh are expected to sign series of contracts during Modi’s visit, bringing plans to build up rail, road, as well as energy tie-ups and sea route. The Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati and Kolkata-Dhaka-Tripura bus are expected to get a flag off, by Indian Prime Minister Narendra modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina. The validity period of this visa would be up to 30 days from the date of entry into India, as per to the details furnished in Indian e-tourist visa website.
The nine designated airports by which an eTV visa holder can enter India are-Hyderabad, Chennai, Cochin, Bengaluru, Delhi, Goa, Mumbai, Trivandrum and Kolkata. The foreigner can depart from one of the certified Immigration Check Posts. eTV visa holder is allowed a scope up to two visits in a calendar year. With new inclusions of China under this scheme went to 76. As, from media sources Modi government has agreed to extend this scheme to 150 nations by the end of this year.
According to an official figure, nearly 6.50 lakh Bangladeshis travelled India with valid visas in the previous year. The launch of eTV, many assume that the number will increase each year as getting visa will be an hassle-free and quick process. A jute exporter from kushtia, Mr. Gopi Kishan sureka, said to leading news channel that, who have regular business ties with India would benefit greatly with the launch of eTV.
Owing to difficulties in existing visa procedures, India has to converse with its Indian business partner through telephones and emails. But running business with face to face discussions will bring out drastic changes in way of business profits. She said both nations should launch eTV facility for its nationals as a businessman from India also experience alike difficulties in obtaining Bangladeshi visas.
In line with the details furnished in Indian e-Tourist Visa site, the visa facility would be accessible for passports that have a minimum of six months validity from the date of their entry in India. To avail the facility, International travelers should have a return ticket or return journey tickets, with enough finance to spend his or her stay in India.
Applicants of the nations entitled for the facility can apply through online at least before four days from the date of arrival in India within the span of 30 days.