On Ar­rival

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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