GOOD NEWS: The e-visa facility has been extended
The Indian government has extended the e-tourist visa facility to citizens from 36 more countries from August 15, taking the total number of countries under the scheme upto 113.
Among the countries that will benefit from the extension of e-tourist visas are the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Malaysia, Tanzania and Argentina.
As promised by the prime minister, India recently also rolled out the e-tourist visa facility to Chinese nationals.
In addition, seven airports, including prime minister Narendra Modi’s constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Ahmedabad in his home state of Gujarat, have been declared as entry points where citizens from eligible countries can land with an e-tourist visa.
The new entry airports are Varanasi and Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Amritsar, Gaya, Lucknow and Trichy an official statement said.
The existing nine airports that admit visitors with an e-tourist visa are Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram.
Since the launch of the scheme on November 27, more than 200,000 e-tourist visas have been issued, the statement added.