The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for liberalization, simplification and rationalization of the existing visa regime in India, and incremental changes in the visa policy decided by the Ministry of Home Affairs in consultation with various stakeholders and with approval of the Home Minister.
The approval will facilitate entry of foreigners for tourism, business and medical purposes with one single visa. According to a government release, this initiative is expected to stimulate economic growth, increase earnings from export of services like tourism, medical value travel and travel on account of business and to make ‘Skill India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Make in India’ and other such flagship initiatives of the Government successful.
This will also considerably ease the travel of foreigners to India for the above-mentioned legitimate purposes, a government release said. According to reports, the Cabinet also given the nod to extend the e-TV to 8 countries more, taking the total number of countries eligible for Electronic Tourist Visa to 158.
The Cabinet has also accepted the recommendation of Ministry of Home to introduce long-term multiple-entry visa of 10 years and five years. However, according to reports, the long-term visa holders will not be allowed to stay permanently or work in India.
With these changes, the nomenclature of Electronic Tourist Visa (ETV) will also be changed to Electronic Visa.