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-
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)