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Tourist Visa on Arrival Scheme Renamed as e-Tourist Visa
Apr 17, 2015

The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to change the name of the scheme ‘Tourist Visa on Arrival-Electronic Travel Authorization’ to ‘e-Tourist Visa’ (eTV) from 15 April. The extension of the scheme to more countries and airports will be in a phased manner, in order to avoid any confusion.

  • Government of India had launched ‘Tourist Visa on Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization’ (TVoA-ETA) on 27th November, 2014 to 44 countries at nine airports to facilitate short duration international travellers.
  • Since the launch of the scheme, one lakh ten thousand (1,10,000) Visas have been issued under this scheme.

  • It has been observed that the name of the scheme (TVoA-ETA) is creating confusion among tourists.

  • Tourists presumed as if the Visa is being granted on arrival, however in present system the pre-authorization of Visa to foreigners is being given prior to travel.

  • Ministry of Home Affairs had also received the requests of name change from some Indian embassies.

  • A committee of officers from Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and Bureau of Immigration was formed for formulation of new name for the scheme.

  • A contest was also conducted on mygov.in inviting suggestions on the name of the scheme.

  • Keeping in view the application process and purpose of the scheme, the committee had suggested e-Tourist Visa (eTV) as the appropriate new name for the scheme.

 


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