Hey folks, we are glad to bring to you recent important updates on Indian tourism sector at macro level so that you can plan your travel better!
We all know that in India, tourism is an engine of growth and a prominent source of Foreign Exchange. In 2014, EVisa or Visa-on-Arrival scheme was launched. It grew in popularity in a short span of time, it became an instant hit and led to 1200% increase in FTA. However, the Demonetization drive badly hit the tourism sector as was explained by us in an earlier post: https://goo.gl/TFPd6P.
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Government of India has recently decided to overhaul E-Visa scheme with an aim at bringing in more tourists for medical, business and leisure purpose!
Following are the details:
|Type of E-Visa||Period of application (days)||Validity of E-Visa or Duration of stay (days)||Entry type|
|e- Tourist Visa||30||120||30||60||Single||Double|
|Intern Visa (new category)||Student can apply as soon as he/she graduates||NA||Max 365||Multiple|
|Employment Visa (new category)||NA||Up to 5 years||Multiple|
|Film Visa||NA||Up to 1 year
Other special provisions with respect to E-Visa:
- Under urgent requests, Business and Medical E-Visa will be granted within 48 hours of application.
- At 6 airports, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc. separate immigration counters and facilitation centers for Medical Visa are made.
- Earlier, E-Visa facility was available at 16 airports and 3 ports (Cochin, Goa and Mangaluru) but now, one can avail E-visa facility at 24 airports and 3 ports.
Connecting BnB and EVisa
Now, you must be wondering why does a Bed and Breakfast aggregator care about the e-Visa policy changes. Well, it is for the simple reason that most of the categories of E-Visa that have been altered or created are best served by Indian families hosting the foreign travelers in Indian homes! We know of well hosted and well hosted Bed and Breakfast rooms for medical patients near prominent hospitals of Delhi like the Apollo, Max etc. Once a traveler stays in these homes and experience the hospitality and warmth of the hosts, they never like booking a hotel!
Bed and Breakfast rooms are an ideal choice for interns who visit India to pursue a course and are on a fixed budget. These homes let interns interact with the host over Breakfast and do group assignments when need be. Sometimes, the host lets the attendees of the medical patient their host country dishes to keep the patient comfortable. Sometimes, we have seen that the host cooks dishes and teaches the guests how to cook an Indian dish like Chicken Tikka Masala! Would you like to stay with an Indian family and observe them going out of the way to keep you comfortable. Just in case you are not convinced we assure you that Indians make brilliant hosts, may be the best hosts in the world. For them, a guest is a form of God in consonance with the adage “Atithi Devo Bhavah”!
In our opinion, the revised E-Visa scheme shall give an impetus to the tourism sector in India and encourage the travelers who have been planning a visit to India since a long time! What is your take? Do you think, Foreign tourirstske ‘achhe din aa gaye’?
(Technical inputs by Dr. GG Saxena, Mentor, BnBNation)
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**This blog was published on BnBNation earlier, but due to server issues, the content was wiped out. Thus, it is being published again.
**Dated: April 2017