India to Offer Visas on Arrival for U.S. Tourists

That moment when you mail in your passport to get your India visa, and wait with bated breath wondering if you will ever see it again, is soon to be over. According to the Times of India, India is set to welcome a new wave of foreign tourists. Earlier this week, the government cleared a host of initiatives including extending visa on arrival to 40 countries, establishing an online application system for visas and facilitating visa on arrival for pensioners and those attending conferences.

"The decision means foreign tourists will be able to apply for an Indian visa from the comfort of their homes while citizens from 40 countries including the US, the UK, Germany, France, Brazil, Russia and China among others will avail visa on arrival when they land on Indian shores," the article reports. "The government has also agreed to extend visa on arrival to foreign travelers above 60 years of age from all countries and cut down the time taken to give visas to groups that are keen to attend conventions."

At present, visa on arrival facility is available at international airports of Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Soon to come: Goa, Gaya, Chandigarh and Amritsar. 

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