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E-visa system likely to be rolled out next week

New Delhi: The Government will roll out by next week the much-awaited electronic-visa system for tourists from select countries including US and Japan.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with Tourism Minister Sripad Naik will unveil the first phase of e-visa system for tourists from two dozens countries including US and Japan at a function here shortly, a senior Tourism Ministry official said.

While Australia is likely to be accorded the e-visa facility during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit Down Under, some countries belonging to BRICS and African region are likely to be announced in the first phase.

The e-visa is expected to give a big boost to the foreign tourist arrivals in the country. While in January about 4.95 lakh foreign tourists arrived in India, there were a total of 51.79 lakh during January-September this year.

All the arrangements including the software for this system is ready now and will be operational at nine international airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Goa.

The official said though there are certain issues yet to be resolved for the Goa Airport, the Government has decided in principle to extend it to Goa as well. Read more...