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India set to ease visa restrictions: Report

Published on Feb 2, 2014 2:58 PM
 
 A man sits on a scaffolding erected for a stage as tourists walk near the Taj Mahal Hotel which was one of the targets of the November 2008 attacks, in Mumbai, on Nov 26, 2013. Tourists travelling to India from up to 180 countries will no longer have to queue up at their local consulates to obtain visas under reforms expected to be approved this week, local media reported on Sunday, Feb 2, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Tourists travelling to India from up to 180 countries will no longer have to queue up at their local consulates to obtain visas under reforms expected to be approved this week, local media reported on Sunday.

Most foreigners currently have to wait several weeks before learning whether they will be allowed to enter the country after submitting their applications at visa processing centres, a major deterrent for potential visitors.

But India's intelligence agencies have now given their backing to proposals that would allow tourists to apply online and then wait only three days before receiving the green light, the Indian Express reported.

They would then be able to pick up their visas on arrival at any airport.

 
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