Proposal to provide Visa-on-arrival to foreign tourists

May 22nd, 2009 - 6:49 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, 22 May (ANI): Foreign tourists may soon find it easy to get an Indian visa as the Tourism Ministry is working on a proposal to grant Visa-on-Arrival facility.

This suggestion has been made to boost the tourism sector in India. The proposal would soon be placed before the union cabinet. Primarily, the scheme would be launched as a pilot project for five years.

According to a senior tourism ministry official, “We are preparing a proposal for the provision of Visa-on-Arrival and we hope that new minister will put the matter before the cabinet.”

This Visa-on-Arrival facility will only be extended to tourists who are coming from countries, which are providing similar facility to Indian tourists. At the moment, the count is of about 60 countries.

Along with this, the government is also working on ensuring safety of tourists in the country as cases of crime against foreign tourist have been reported on a regular basis.

“Security is important with tourists and we are also working on a proposal to raise tourist security force in the country,” the official said. Under this initiative, central government will team up with state governments and provide trained tourist security force. (ANI)

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