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India extends validity of online evisas

Indira Gandhi International AirportIndia changed the regulations governing the application for and usage of evisas with effect from the beginning of the month. The country’s home office minister said relaxing the visa system would hopefully encourage holidaymakers, medical tourists and business visitors to choose India.

Rajnath Singh carried on by saying visitors could now apply for their evisas 120 days ahead of their scheduled dates of arrival instead of the 30 days previously allowed. The permitted number of days allowed in country after arrival has been doubled from 30 to 60.

The minister noted that the new tourist visas were double entry and not single. This offers tourists the opportunity of visiting the likes of Nepal and Bhutan and coming back again without the necessity of applying for another visa. People holding medical visas are allowed to use them three times.

Evisas come in three different categories now. These are e-medical, e-business and e-tourist. The Home Office says it has a priority system in place which will issue visas within 48 hours for e-medical and e-business applicants.

In an additional bid to boost medical tourism, six international airports have their own dedicated booths for inbound passengers with medical visas. The six are Mumbai, Delhi Indira Gandhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai.

Mr Singh explained that passport holders from a total of 161 nations were now eligible to apply for Indian evisas. He finished off by saying the evisas were valid for entry at 24 airports as well as Goa, Cochin and Mangalore seaports.

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