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jasepl
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:40 pm    Post subject: Finally! Electronic Visas Reply with quote

It's finally happened. Not sure if it's functional, but a great, much delayed beginning.

I do love our delightful Home Minister's delightful words "India has a unique advantage in tourism sector owing to its geographical location and that no other country offers such abundance of diversity in weather conditions."

Initially for citizens of these countries:
Australia, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam

* bold = as if the minister declared that at least 1/3rd of the countries on the list must be ones from where there's zero chance of tourists coming to India
* red = almost no one makes travel easier for these passport holders... what on earth are we thinking?

Oddly, one must choose the port of entry at the time of applying. So if you later change plans and decide to enter through another airport then what?

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm.

The good:
* International Travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation , sight seeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit. - Glad that business visitors are included in the "Tourist" visa.
* This infographic is pretty cool:



The bad :
* The validity of visa will be 30 days from the date of arrival in India. - a single entry 30 days visa is OK for one time travel, but not suitable for business travelers. Certainly not good to promote quick stopovers during transit as then you'd need at least a double entry visa.
* Tourist Visa On Arrival (TVoA) is allowed for a maximum of two visits in a calendar year. I wonder why? It's $60 each time, so let the guy apply every month if he needs to?

Hopefully once this is operational, they'll tweak the scheme to make it more useful. I like the fact that tourists from Russia, UAE, many EU countries etc. are all included, but surprising to see countries like the UK, Switzerland etc. missing from the list! Still it's a good starting point, and Kudos to the MEA for actually going forward with the plan.

Should be a good source of revenue for the babus as it's a single entry visa and the visitor will need to apply for a new one each time they need to travel.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup ... it's a small step in the right direction.
Surprised most EU countries have been left out????
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"India has a unique advantage in tourism sector owing to its geographical location and that no other country offers such abundance of diversity in weather conditions."

Play to your strengths ehhhh Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stealthpilot wrote:

Surprised most EU countries have been left out????


I wonder what the process was that decided which countries got VoA and which did not. It's almost as if a babu threw a bunch of darts at a map. Could really explain how countries like Djibouti ended up on the list, but most EU countries are left out.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

airindia787 wrote:
stealthpilot wrote:

Surprised most EU countries have been left out????


I wonder what the process was that decided which countries got VoA and which did not. It's almost as if a babu threw a bunch of darts at a map. Could really explain how countries like Djibouti ended up on the list, but most EU countries are left out.
jasepl wrote:
as if the minister declared that at least 1/3rd of the countries on the list must be ones from where there's zero chance of tourists coming to India

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimish wrote:





Just nitpicking - of all the great images of AI available, they had to go for an AI Cargo one?! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

airindia787 wrote:
stealthpilot wrote:

Surprised most EU countries have been left out????


I wonder what the process was that decided which countries got VoA and which did not. It's almost as if a babu threw a bunch of darts at a map. Could really explain how countries like Djibouti ended up on the list, but most EU countries are left out.


Most of these seem to be countries that offer visa on arrival to Indian citizens. Guess some sort of a reciprocal arrangement. Indians can get a visa on arrival in Djibouti.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If India allows Isreal, then based on current Indian foreign policy, Palestine has to be allowed.

The big EU/other countries missing are UK, Italy, Spain, France, and Canada - must be some reason or they are going to implement in the phased manner. USA is included primarily for business and VFRs (although PIO/OCI is available) and also hoping that USA eases some of the onerous restrictions on the issuance of H1 and L1 visas.
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