India Changes Name of Visa on Arrival to e-Visa
The Indian government on Tuesday changed the name of its new tourist visa program aimed growing criticism that it was confusing and its implementation poor.
The Indian visa on arrival that was rolled out to more countries late last year will now be called “e-tourist visa,” according to a statement by the Indian home ministry.
The clarification comes after “some Indian embassies” requested a name change, the statement said.
From five countries in 2010, India expanded the program in November to cover 44 nations, including the U.S., Australia, Japan, Germany, Singapore and Russia. Sri Lanka was added to the list on Tuesday.
The requirements for an Indian tourist visa remain the same as outlined in the older program.
Instead of going to an Indian embassy, travelers have to apply and pay online then present a print-out at a point of entry in India. Applications must be made at least 72 hours to 30 days in advance of travel.
Only nine Indian cities are equipped to handle passengers arriving with the new visa, including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Goa and Thiruvananthapuram.
Some travelers have complained about confusion over the program’s name on social media.
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