On Thursday, July 30, 2015, India launches e-tourist visa for the first time to the Chinese nationals, with PM Narendra Modi commenting that the move will deepen the connectivity between the countries.
From July 30 onwards, Chinese citizens will be able to come at nine Indian airports after they have applied for e-tourist visa online, the e-visa will cost them only $60, the processing time would take within four days of the visa application.
This move will boost the Chinese tourist arrivals to the country, which remained very low attributing to the difficult procedures for Chinese require applying in person at the visa processing centers in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou for a deposit of 10,000 RMB (around one lakh rupees) as financial guarantee.
Even though, the Chinese outbound tourism had soared in the last decade-arrivals to India have remained very low compared to the more than 100 million Chinese tourists travelling overseas every year. Out of it, around 1.7 lakh Chinese made visits to India for business and tourism annually. The small island nation, Maldives receive more than three lakhs Chinese every year.
PM Modi first announced the grant of e-tourist visa to Chinese during his visit to China in May, which has been in operation for more than 70 countries. While PM Modi, Brushing aside the security concerns raised by intelligence agencies- even to the surprise of Chinese officials.
In a statement by the India embassy, e-visa will allow Chinese including from Hong Kong and Macau regions to travel in India with the e-tourist visa facility.