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India to roll out E-visa scheme to 150 countries

India’s Minister for Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation has confirmed that the country’s E-visa scheme will be rolled out to citizens of 150 countries from March 2016.

India extends E-visa scheme to 150 countries.
India extends E-visa scheme to 150 countries. Image by Dinuraj K / CC BY 2.0

The trial scheme, which covered 76 countries, has already been used by 150,000 travellers. Under the scheme, travellers must apply for an E-visa online before travel, and the visa will then be stamped into their passports on arrival at one of nine designated airports. This marks a radical simplification of the process of applying for an Indian visa, which used to involve reams of paperwork and multiple visits to visa-processing centres. Read more: traveldailymedia.com