India wants more visitors from Oman

MUSCAT, Oman - India is looking for more tourists from Oman following the launch of Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) - the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) facility for Omani nationals.

India wants more visitors from Oman

MUSCAT, Oman – India is looking for more tourists from Oman following the launch of Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) – the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) facility for Omani nationals.

In this regard, the Indian Embassy in Muscat conducted a presentation on ‘Tourist Visa on Arrival’ facility for citizens on Sunday at the Embassy of India Auditorium, Al Khuwair where a large number of travel agents and senior government officials were present.

Speaking at the presentation, J.S. Mukul, Indian ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, said Omani tourist inflow to India has been growing for the last few years. “In 2011, the Indian embassy issued 39,000 visas to Omani nationals and in 2013, the number grew to 59,000,” he said.

Between January and November 2014, 75,000 visas were issued by Indian Embassy in Muscat. Manas Pattanaik, Regional Director, India Tourism, Dubai, said that the new tourist visa services will make the visa procedures faster.

“Omanis will now be able to receive approval for tourist visas to India within 72 hours and can avail their visas on arrival at major Indian airports for a minimum fee of $60,” he said.
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Speaking to the press after the presentation, he said that the new service is expected to encourage more tourists to India.

“This facility is in addition to the existing visa services. Those seeking multiple-entry visas and other types of visas to India should seek the services through the existing procedures as TVoA is valid only for two trips in a year and is limited to 30 days during each trip.”

He also clarified that the sole purpose of visiting India on tourist visa on arrival should be for recreation, sightseeing, visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit etc.

For the TVoA, all applications have to be submitted through the portal https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html along with a copy of passport and other requirements.

“Within three days of the submission of application, the applicant will know if it has been approved,” he added.

“Once the application is approved, you are ready to fly to India. After arriving at Indian airport a copy of ETA received via email should be presented at the airport where an immigration official will take the required biometrics.

“Once the verification is complete, the visa will be stamped at the immigration,” Manas Pattanaik added.

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