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India restores e-visa for 156 countries

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India restores e-visa for 156 countries:


Context:

The Union Home Ministry has restored the electronic visa (e-visa) facility for foreigners from 156 countries who intend to visit India for business, conferences and medical reasons, including for medical attendants.

Background:

It was available to people of 171 countries before restrictions were announced in 2020.

What is e-visa?

  • An e-visa is provided in five categories — tourist, business, conference, medical, and medical attendant.
  • Under the arrangement, a foreigner can apply online four days prior to travel.
  • After the details are verified, an electronic travel authorisation (ETA) is generated, which has to be presented at the immigration checkpost on arrival.
  • Entry through e-visas is allowed only at 28 designated international airports and five major seaports in India.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. What is e-visa?
  2. Eligibility.
  3. Benefits.

Mains Link:

Write a note on e-visa scheme.

Sources: the Hindu.