India has been debating extending the current visa-on-arrival, which is available to citizens of 11 countries, to 180 countries and has now decided to go forward with this.
Citizens of these 180 countries can apply for an Indian visa at least three days before their intended arrival and pay the fee. The visa will be then available for pick up at any of the 26 major airports and valid for 30 days.
The India hopes to have this new facility ready by the fall tourist season that kicks off in October. There could be setbacks, however, as India elects new government this autumn that could decide not to go forward with this current plan.
This is certainly right step if India wants to expand its incoming tourism. Anything that lowers the burdens to visit a country is the right step.
Requiring to apply for a visa beforehand is putting many people off and this certainly will make it easier for many to travel to India.