Visa norms get easier for tourists from 18 countries

Am surprised that the only country in SE Asia that is among the ones given the waiver is Vietnam and not Singapore which is a heavy investor in India. Not to count Australia where thousands of Indian students go to study every year. Hmmm…

Foreign tourists keen on visiting incredible India may no longer have to do umpteen rounds of the local Indian embassy to get their tourist visas. The government is considering a proposal to provide visa on arrivals to tourists coming from 18 countries, which already get five-year multiple entry visas.

These 18 countries include

Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
Chile
Finland
France
Germany
Iceland
Japan
Luxembourg
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Spain
South Korea
Switzerland
Vietnam.

Besides this, tourists from the United Kingdom also get a five-year visa while those from the United States of America get a 10-year visa.

Rest of the article here: Financial Express

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  • sagarika

    I don’t understand. What difference will it make? It’s not just the Visa process. We need to make the Country more attractive. All people abroad think of when they think of India is heat, pollution, population and BPO’s. . .
    We need to show them India’s beauty.

  • Liju Philip

    @Sagarika, its more towards targeting the business traveller. True, a lot needs to be done to attract the traveller who wants to rest and relax and take in the sights and sounds of the country. Medical tourism is another aspect we need to concentrate on. Though its picking up fast.

    We need to have dedicated tourism police like the ones they have in Thailand.

  • Quirky Indian

    Do you think the exclusion of Singapore and Australia has to do with some issue of reciprocity? Not sure what are the determinants of visa guidelines in India. But Singapore and Australia are strange exclusions.

  • Sachin

    Hindu chinee bhai bhai…….. 😉
    No seriously those Chinese folks are having unprecedented wealth and are one of the potential heavy spender ……… tourism point of view they can bring lot of revenue to us……… moreover i have never heard of any Chinese terrorist 😉 so i guess Chinese bro are no threat to us ………

  • Liju Philip

    @Quirky Indian, none of the countries that have been given the waiver has returned us the same favour. There must be some other reasons that we dont know.

    @Aniche, cant help it. Dont want to switch sides so soon 😉

    @Sachin, naah, they are not great spenders. S’pore is seeing a flood of them. They hardly spend any. In fact the Indians who visit Singapore spend the most. Indians top even the Americans, Europeans and Japanese in spending in Singapore (according to Singapore govt reports).

    You havent heard of Chinese terrorists? That’s because their army itself is one big terrorist…lol See how they arm the PORKistanis to foment trouble in India. Anyway countries with bigger populations can never expect such a favour. Or else there could be a flood of visitors and that could include a lot of undesirable elements.