MoT & Home Min­istry dis­cuss eVisa

Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh and the Tourism Min­is­ter met to dis­cuss bio­met­ric col­lec­tion at air­ports, in­crease in the num­ber of coun­tries and num­ber of air­ports for Tourists Visa-on-Ar­rival, dou­ble en­try for eVisa ap­pli­cants and in­creas­ing the visa-

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The Union Min­is­ter of State for Tourism (In­de­pen­dent Charge), Civil Avi­a­tion and Cul­ture (In­de­pen­dent Charge), Dr Ma­hesh Sharma met the Union Home Min­is­ter, Ra­j­nath Singh in Delhi on March 25 to dis­cuss is­sues re­lated to the Tourist Visa-on-Ar­rival (TVoA) scheme.

Singh also ap­proved a Com­mit­tee un­der the Chair­man­ship of Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary ( For­eign­ers) with three Joint Sec­re­taries from the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs, Min­istry of Tourism and Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion as mem­bers. This Com­mit­tee will meet pe­ri­od­i­cally and re­solve is­sues con­cern­ing visa fa­cil­i­ta­tion and tourism pro­mo­tion. On the is­sue of dis­tri­bu­tion of wel­come cards printed by the Min­istry of Tourism at In­dian air­ports to tourists ar­riv­ing in In­dia, Singh as­sured that in­struc­tions will be sent to the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion for tak- ing ur­gent nec­es­sary ac­tion in this re­gard.

Re­gard­ing the is­sue of bio­met­ric col­lec­tion at air­ports, it was sug­gested that dur­ing the next one year 150 coun­tries will be cov­ered un­der the TVoA scheme, which in­cludes bio­met­ric col­lec­tion on ar­rival. The is­sue raised by the Min­istry of Tourism will be re­solved as far as for­eign tourists are con­cerned. As far as in­crease in num­ber of coun­tries and num­ber of air­ports are con­cerned, the Home Min­is­ter as­sured the Tourism Min­is­ter that th­ese sug­ges­tions will def­i­nitely be con­sid­ered in tak­ing the de­ci­sion very shortly.

Singh also promised that sug­ges­tions re­gard­ing dou­ble en­try for TVoA ap­pli­cants and in­creas­ing the pe­riod from one month to two months will also be ex­am­ined keep­ing in view the se­cu­rity considerat­ions. Dr Sharma sug­gested that the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials should be given train­ing as they are the first point of con­tacts with the tourists. Singh asked the Tourism Min­is­ter to sub­mit a pro­posal to the MHA in this re­gard so that the same can be con­sid­ered ex­pe­di­tiously.

Dr Ma­hesh Sharma Min­is­ter of State for Tourism (In­de­pen­dent Charge)

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