The Government of India on March 17, 2022, fixed the 5-year e-tourist visas for people from 156 countries. The conclusion came as the cases of the COVID-19 pandemic decreased in the country. The restoration of e-tourist visas seeks at boosting tourism, which has been regretted the most during the worldwide pandemic.
5-year e-tourist visa was discontinued by India in March 2020 because of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, with the latest decision, the nationals of 156 countries will also be suitable for the distribution of fresh e-tourist visas.
As per the government official, the restoration of a 5-year e-tourist visa will be another phase in additionally opening up the economy and promoting tourism, which has suffered the worst because of the pandemic.
Centre set to resume tourist visas after 1.5 years of suspension due to Covid.
Apart from this, the 5-year regular (paper) tourist visas allocated to foreigners have also been restored. They were also discontinued in March 2020.
Tourists can enter India only through designated routes
The foreign nationals on the tourist or e-tourist visas are permitted to enter India only through the designated sea immigration check posts (ICPs) or airport ICPs, including those under the Indian Government’s Air Bubble Scheme, Vande Bharat Mission, or by any other flights that will be authorised by the Directorate of General of Civil Aviation or Civil Aviation Ministry.
No foreigner will be allowed to enter the country via land borders or riverine routes on the e-tourist or tourist visas.
What is an e-visa?
The Government of India on November 27, 2014, presented the Electronic Travel Authorization. It first became available for the citizens of 40 countries and was called ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation).
Later in 2015, the e-Visa scheme was extended and is now offered to the nationals of 169 countries. India issued e-visa under three subcategories: business, tourist, and medical.
It is an online expedition authorization that facilitates the method of acquiring a visa to visit India. It can be fast obtained after finishing an online form with the traveller’s personal details and passport information.