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, E-Visa 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.
Government of India had decided to overhaul E-Visa scheme with an aim at bringing in more tourists for medical, business and leisure purposes!
E-VISA application Process
There are broadly 5 types of E-Visa that a traveler can apply under (as on 13th Feb 2020 and derived from https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html):
E-Medical Attendant Visa
As an Advisory, the website (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html) states the following:
The government of India makes no provision of charging of any emergency fees or additional fees for grant of any emergency/express e-visa.
Those traveling to India are also advised to go through instructions available on the website of the Bureau of Immigration at https://boi.gov.in.
Landline number: +91-11-24300666
Now, you must be wondering why does a Bed and Breakfast aggregator cares 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 experiences the hospitality and warmth of the hosts, they never like booking a hotel!
Bed and Breakfast rooms are an ideal choice for interns who are visiting 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 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, maybe 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 E-Visa scheme shall give an impetus to the tourism sector in India and encourage travelers who have been planning a visit to India for a long time! What is your take? Do you think, Foreign tourists ‘achhe din aa gaye’?
(Technical inputs by Dr. GG Saxena, Mentor, BnBNation)
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**This blog was published on BnBNation earlier in June 2018, but due to server issues, the content was wiped out. Thus, it is being published again with new updates on the E-Visa scheme.