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E-Visa may make VoA redundant

E-Visa may make VoA redundant
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According to a PTI report, Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture, Government of India, has said that the Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) facility, which is being mulled for a large number of countries, might become redundant once e-Visa facility is introduced.

According to a PTI report, Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism and Culture, Government of India, has said that the Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) facility, which is being mulled for a large number of countries, might become redundant once e-Visa facility is introduced.

"VoA for six airports would be extended within a month. But moreover we are working for e-Visa facility, which will help tourists get their travel document by applying online. Once e-Visa facility is introduced, VoA is likely to become redundant," Naik said.
The Minister, however, said it is always better if the traveller has both, VoA and e-Visa, which will aid airports to increase the number of footfall in the country.
Naik said that the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India is working out on the possibility of e-Visa, considering the security point of view. "The procedures are going on (for e-Visa). Union Home Ministry is checking the security of airport and other aspects," he said.
Naik stated that the entire procedure for e-Visa facility will be in place by June next year.
The Home Ministry in the past had raised concern over security issues while implementing the facility.
Naik said that the help of Interpol can also be taken while scrutinising the applications of the tourists for visa in the country.
"The worry is that the criminal should not enter the state taking advantage of e-Visa facility," he added.
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