24 APRIL 2017


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Article from BTNews 24 APRIL 2017

India relaxes visa rules

Foreign visitors including business travellers to India using the e-Tourist Visa (eTV) are now entitled to stay in the country for up to two months and enjoy double-entry benefits.

Rolled out this month, the new e-Visa guidelines will permit a traveller to stay in the country for up to 60 days, with double entry for those holding valid business and tourist e-Visas, and triple entry for those holding medical e-Visas. 

The new system entitles visitors to explore neighbouring countries before returning to India within a specified time. The window for application to the e-Visa scheme has now also been increased from 30 days to 120 days.

The eTV was introduced in August 2015 and thanks to the successful promotional efforts of the India Tourism Office in London, 90,000 e-Tourist Visas were issued within the scheme’s first year. 

This accounted for nearly a quarter of all e-Visas issued worldwide and more applications were made by UK citizens for an eTV to India than any other nation.

The e-Visa for India has been sub-divided into three categories: e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical Visa. On arrival, the visitor must present the authorisation to immigration officials, in order to enter the country.


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