Sunday, 24 January 2010

Visa on arrival for tourists @ $60 per person

With the aim of attracting more tourists during the Commonwealth Games (CWG), government has decided to issue Visa on arrival for tourists from Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore. The charges have been fixed at $60 (USD) per person for the grant of Visa-on-Arrival scheme.

"Though we have sought more countries to be included in the scheme, these five countries are being granted the Visa-on-Arrival facility as a pilot project starting January. Depending upon the response, more countries are likely to be included later on," a senior official of the Tourism Ministry said.

While around 93,000 Singaporeans visited India in 2007, the number increased to 100,351 in 2008.
From New Zealand 30,266 tourists came in 2008 against 27,498 in 2007.

Arrivals from Japan also registered a growth in the last two years. India received 150,732 Japanese tourists in 2008 against 145,538 in the previous year.

The visa on arrival scheme is expected to further increase the inflow of tourists especially from New Zealand, Japan and Singapore. This is also crucial for the success of Delhi Commonwealth Games to be held in Oct this year.


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