Published on : Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The Indian Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture & Tourism Shri Shripad Yesso Naik has said that the share of India in World’s tourist arrivals during 2013 was 0.64%. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, as per the extant provision laid down in the Visa Manual a transit visa is granted to a foreigner for the sole purpose of enabling him/her to travel through India to a destination outside India.
The foreigner should hold a valid passport and valid travel documents for the country of destination and the countries en route, he/she should not be a persona-non-grata to the Government of India, he/she should not be an undesirable person, not the subject of a black list or warning circular or other restrictive list and should be a person of assured financial standing. A transit visa is only valid for direct transit irrespective of the period of stay in transit, which cannot be more than 3 days for each visit.
The period is not extendable except in case of extreme emergency like strike, traffic disruption, inclement weather, illness etc. For a stay in India beyond 3 days, a visa of the appropriate category should be obtained. The measures taken/proposed to be taken by the Government to boost tourism in the country are given in the Annexure.