Government of India made a big big announcement for Indian travel industry and hopefully a big boost for Indian tourism by clearing two major steps – Visa on Arrival & Electronic Travel Authorization for all countries except 8 countries including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China. Basically it will be total shift to online visa system where people who intend to come to India can simply log in, apply and pay for the visa. On arrival there will be only a bio metric collection, that is it.
Government officials said this system is expected to start by October and this facility will be available at 9 airports in India to start off with and might end by to 26 airports. I look forward to the details on the validation, expiry, number of stays and visits, etc on this kind of visa system which will be out soon.
Also, my main consideration is how many countries will reciprocate this move by India which will ease travel for us also.