Visa on arrival

Concept: Visa on arrival
Topic: International Relations
Category: Agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
Related News: Hindu, Feb 1
CNA mentions: 1(Feb 1)

Visa on arrival

Visitors to India should obtain a visa from an Indian diplomatic mission unless they come from a country which is visa-exempt or a country the citizens of which can secure a visa online. The policies for giving visa to visitors depend on the country where they hail from or the passport they hold. Citizens of Nepal and Bhutan don’t need a passport or visa to enter India (unless they are entering from Mainland China). They are also free to remain in India for any period of time and can also work freely. Citizens of Maldives also don’t need a visa to visit India (unless they are entering from Mainland China). All other countries’ citizens have varying degrees of restrictions. PIOs and Oversees Citizens of India also are exempt from visa and have the right to stay in India with unlimited entries. Citizens of countries who are eligible for a visa on arrival can now apply online for e-visa. The manual processing of visa was stopped in 2015. Citizens of about 113 countries can apply for e-visa. There are three types of visas under this scheme: e-tourist visa, e-business visa and e-medical visa.