Among other things, the fringe benefits of a state visit by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi may now include a speedy inclusion into India’s online visa programme.
So, weeks after Modi’s visits to France and Canada, citizens from the two countries, along with those from 29 others, can now apply for e-tourist visas. That takes the total number of countries in India’s e-visa programme up to 76, about 39% of all the countries in the world and a little over half of the targeted 150 countries that Modi wants to include into the scheme this year.
Basically, e-tourist visas allow travellers to go through the visa application process online—saving them the hassle of visiting the Indian embassy in their respective countries. So, a tourist needs to apply for a visa online at least three days in advance, pay the fee, and carry a print of the travel authorisation to get the necessary stamp at the immigration checkpoint to enter the country.
Here’s a map of all the countries that are now eligible for India’s e-tourist visa scheme.