Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
30-December-2010 17:16 IST
Tourist Visa on Arrival to be Introduced for Nationals of Four More Countries from Saturday
In order to promote tourism, Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) scheme was introduced for a year for the nationals of five countries, namely, Japan, Singapore, Finland, Luxembourg and New Zealand with effect from 01.01.2010. The scheme has been found to be useful by foreign nationals. Up to November 2010, 5664 nationals availed the facility of TVOA. Now, Government of India has decided to extend the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) scheme for the nationals of these five countries. Further, it has been decided to introduce TVOA scheme for the nationals of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Philippines with effect from 01.01.2011. TVOA shall be allowed for a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility by the Immigration Officers at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata Airports.

TVOA will be provided only at the designated International Airports, viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata on payment of a fee of US $ 60/- or equivalent amount in Indian rupees per passenger (including children). TVOA shall be allowed for a maximum of two times in a calendar year to a foreigner with a minimum gap of two months. TVOA shall be non-extendable and non-convertible.

As per the new Scheme to be introduced with effect from 01.01.2011, the foreigners of the above-mentioned countries may also avail of TVOA for up to 30 days for medical treatment, for casual business or to visit friends/relatives, etc. The TVOA facility shall not be applicable to the holders of Diplomatic/Official Passports. Further, TVOA shall not be granted to the foreigners who have permanent residence or occupation in India. Such persons can visit India on normal visa, as applicable.