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Monday, 04 July, 2016, 15 : 00 PM [IST]

MHA not in favour of Visa free entry for business visitors

According to reports, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has opposed the granting of visa free entry to business visitors from selected group of countries, especially from BRICS group and Regional Comprehensive Economic Friendship (RCEP) countries.

The Commerce Ministry had pushed for relaxing visa norms for 18 countries belonging to these two groups to facilitate ease of travel for business and tourism to India.

MHA is believed to have blocked this raising both issues of safety and security as well as the already implemented Electronic Tourist Visa (e-TV) regime, which already facilitates Indian visa within 48 hrs of applying online.

India has issued around 4.5 e-TV since its roll out in November 2014. Tourists from 150 countries of the world are eligible for e-TV currently.
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