India is likely to include the United States among countries whose citizens qualify for visa on arrival in India. This will benefit many Indian-Americans, U.S. tourists and business persons who have to go through a cumbersome visa process. The only exceptions will continue to be Pakistan, whose citizens already have to go through stringent intelligence checks before they are issued visas.
The facility will also be extended to U.S. citizens who do not have a residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective of visiting India would be recreational. The stay limit under the new plan will be 30 days. The spadework for this is likely to be completed in a few months.