Visa on arrival for Japanese citizens beginning from 1st March 2016, expected to boost inflow of tourists and business visitors.
This facility will be available at six airports viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad. This facility can be availed for the purposes of business, tourism, conference and medical. Validity of this visa after entry will be for a period of 30 days. a home ministry official said.
About 1.80 lakh Japanese nationals visit India every year on various kinds of visas. Business and Tourist Visas constitute around 78% of these.
On an average 600 Japanese nationals arrive at Delhi Airport daily. It is expected that extension of this facility to Japanese nationals will further strengthen the business and tourism ties between the two countries, the official said.
During the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Mr Shinzo Abe to India during December last year, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India will extend ‘Visa on arrival’ to Japanese citizens from 1st March 2016.