Germany, US, Israel among 43 countries to get evisa facility

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014,22:10 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Visitors from over 40 countries, including Germany, the US, Israel and Palestine, will soon be able to avail the muchawaited electronic visa facility which is set to be launched on November 27. The evisa facility for 43 countries would be rolled out by Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma here, said a senior Tourism Ministry official. Russia, Brazil, Germany, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine, Jordan, Norway and Mauritius, among others, would be getting the evisa facility in the first phase. It would be a historic occasion for the tourism sector as we were demanding this facility for long. The launching of evisa system for so many countries would boost the industry, said Indian Association of Tour Operators President Subhas Goyal. The official said that Mexico, Kenya and Fiji are also being considered for being given the evisa facility. All arrangements, including the software for the system, are now ready and would become operational at nine international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Goa. In order to get an evisa, one would need to apply on the designated website along with the required fees. They would be granted an electronic version of the visa within 96 hours. As per the government decision, all countries, except a few in the prior list, would be brought into the evisa regime over the next two years. Barring a few like Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia, all the countries will be covered under the evisa regime in phases, the official said. The evisa is expected to give a big boost to foreign tourist arrivals in the country. About 51.79 lakh foreign tourists visited India during JanuarySeptember. Thirteen countries currently enjoy the visaonarrival facility, including South Korea, Japan, Finland, Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos.