Tourists of UK and US would soon be facilitated with visa on arrival

September 29, 2014
Tourists of UK and US would soon be facilitated with visa on arrival

The Centre may turn out Visa on arrival (VoA) facilitating the tourists over three dozen countries including the United States and the United Kingdom to boost up the tourism.

The required arrangements would be made within the next two months by the home ministry and would be extended to all the countries, reveled the government sources.

The sources say that the US and UK would be covered first, as the decision is yet to finalize regarding which countries would be granted this facility. Foreign tourist who arrive India from these two countries on an annual scale is fourth of 6.9 lakh.  

An announcement is expected from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tour in the US.

The VoA scheme was first introduced last October during Manmohan Singh’s regime. When the home ministry department asked for 400 immigration officers and over, the files started revolving in circles when the early interest fizzled out. 

The plan was restored when the guard at the centre was changed.

The cabinet cleared the home ministry proposal in July, when Modi was constantly following the initiative to cut off the red- tape for tourism.

The manpower at the Bureau of immigration would be added at the new counters of the nine international airports said the government sources to HT.
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