India is revising its lengthy requirements for tourist visas for citizens of other countries and will offer a visa-on-arrival process to citizens from an additional 40 countries, including the US and Canada, in the coming months of 2013.
The other countries covered by the new visa plan include Australia, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Israel, Mauritius, Czech Republic, Oman, China, Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kazakhstan.
India will also launch an online application system for visas and facilitate the visa-on-arrival process for retirees and those attending conferences.
At present, India offers tourist visas on arrival to visitors from 11 nations – Japan, Finland, Singapore, Indonesia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar.
The Indian government has also decided to extend facilities for visa-on-arrival to more airports including Goa, Gaya, Chandigarh and Amritsar.
Currently, tourists are able to obtain a visa when they arrive only at the international airports in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).