Currently, India offers VOA facility to 11 countries, namely Cambodia, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Luxembourg, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. To lure more tourists from China to visit, the Indian Tourism Ministry is considering to introduce Visa on Arrival (VOA) facility to the Chinese. In fact, the Ministry has proposed this to the Home Ministry, along with 29 other countries.
When asked why China made it to the list, Indian Tourism Minister, K.Chiranjeevi stated, “There is a very good potential as far as tourism is concerned.” Other officials also think that, “India has a good potential to woo Chinese tourists. Besides, we have been observing that Chinese nationals are interested in visiting India keeping in view the cheaper travel to India as compared to other parts of the world.”
Through VoA facility, one can directly fly to the specific country and obtain the visa at her destination airport. When being enquired if the VoA facility will be become mutual, the actor-turned-minister said that it would be the next in line as India intends to welcome visitors to India first.
With the VoA facility extension from 11 to 41 countries, Chiranjeevi is confident that India will be able to reap more visitors from abroad. The objective is to make sure that India will get at least 1% share in the international tourist arrivals, which is 0.36% away from the current percentage. Having this said, it is evident that the visa regime is a key element to consider when one visits a country, mainly as tourists.
While waiting for the Home Ministry to approve the proposal, an India visa is still needed for visits to the country. Even though one may find it troublesome to get a visa, we are more than happy to run the errand for those in need.