India may extend TVoA to China

Published on : Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chinese touristWith the inflow of Chinese tourists the world over the Indian Minister of State for Tourism, Mahesh Sharma has expressed his desire to allocate the tourist visa-on-arrival (TVoA), to China. But the home ministry has sighted some security concerns in allowing this facility for the Chinese tourists immediately.


The minister wanted China along with UK to be among the first five countries for the extension of the TVoA proposal to 150 countries which was declared in the budget proposal.


The tourism minister has requested to the home minister that the VoA scheme be immediately extended to China, UK, France, Spain and Italy. There may be a possibility of implementation of the same within the next few days.


It is mostly due to security concerns that such a decision is being prolonged said the ministry. The issue of staple visas by China to residents of Arunachal Pradesh also remains a matter of concern to India.


With the Prime Minister’s slated to visit China this May, The TVoA facility if extended to tourists from China will be a positive move for India to build stronger ties with China.


Foreign tourists will be greeted with welcome cards on their arrival to India listing do’s and don’ts for their stay in India said the MoS tourism Mahesh Sharma. Among the do’s is capturing the number plate of the taxi on the mobile camera and transmitting it to a loved one through SMS or Whatsapp. This would alert taxi drivers from indulging in any nefarious act.

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