E-visas may make visa-on-arrival redundant, says Tourism Minister Naik

Panaji: Union Tourism Minister Sripad Naik on Friday said that the visa-on-arrival facility, which is being mulled for large number of countries might become redundant once e-visa facility is introduced.

"Visa on arrival (VoA) for six airports would be extended within a month. But moreover we are working for e-visa facility which will help tourists to get their travel document by applying online. Once e-visa facility is introduced, VoA is likely to become redundant," Union Tourism Minister Sripad Naik, told PTI.

The Centre is hoping to have the entire procedure in place by June 2015.

The Centre is hoping to have the entire procedure in place by June 2015.

The minister, however, said it is always better if the traveller has both, visa-on-arrival and e-visa, facilities which will aid airports to increase footfall in the country.

Naik said that the Union Home Ministry is working out the possibility of e-visa, considering the security point of view.

"The procedures are going on (for e-visa). Union Home Ministry is checking the security of airport and other aspects," he said.

Naik stated that the entire procedure for e-visa facility will be in place by June next year.

Home ministry in the past had raised concern over security issues while implementing the facility.

Naik said that the help of Interpol can also be taken while scrutinising the applications of the tourists for visa in the country.

"The worry is that the criminal should not enter the state taking advantage of e-visa facility," he added.

PTI


Updated Date: Oct 03, 2014 15:53 PM

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