India to soon offer Visa-on-Arrival facility to 13 more nations
The number of nations whose citizens can avail of Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) in India is likely to expand, to include 13 countries largely from Europe and Southeast & Central Asia. The decision was motivated by a review by the PMO to encourage more tourists to come to India. According to the matter under discussion, the countries that could be offered this facility would include Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Brazil and South Africa.
The Home Ministry will now be working out the details on this proposal by keeping security issues in mind, particularly by utilising information-sharing agreements with ASEAN and the European Union.
At present, there are 13 countries whose nationals can avail VoA in India and this includes Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines. This list however misses out on the populous nations that can be tapped to increase India’s number for inbound tourists.