In its report 'The Strategy for New India @ 75', NITI Aayog has said that despite the introduction of an e-Visa facility, visitors find the process of applying for a visa still cumbersome.
"Increase e-Visa awareness globally by launching an information campaign through our consulates abroad. It is also necessary to launch an e-Visa regime to attract clientele from the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) market. To attract repeat visitors, the validity period of e-Visas may be increased to 10 years," the report said.
It has also suggested that the number of annual visits allowed under an e-Medical visa be enhanced. Currently, e-Medical visa holders are allowed three repeat visits during their one-year visa period.
"This may not be sufficient for patients who require follow-up/ post-operative care," the report stated, adding India should increase the number of persons accompanying those with e-medical visa from the current two to four under the same visa, as has been done in countries like Malaysia.
A total of 1.8 million foreigners visited India this year within the first 10 months on e-Visa -- four times more than the 447,000 figure registered in 2015 and the highest so far. The maximum number of visitors who availed this facility were from the UK, the US, China, France and Germany, according to official figures.
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