Inbound Travel

Free SIM cards at airports for foreign tourists

DELHI: Foreign tourists arriving in India will get free SIM cards from the government. Union minister Mahesh Sharma launched the initiative on Wednesday saying that this initiative will help foreign tourists in communicating in India.

“This unique initiative will facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India. A tourist helpline in twelve foreign languages is already there so that the foreign tourists can get the required information in their own language,” said Mahesh Sharma, minister of state (independent charge) for Tourism and Culture, reports The New Indian Express.

The minister said that the demonetization had no adverse impact on the flow of tourists in the country as it has increased during last few months as compared with the last year. He presented the first kit containing Sim to a representative of Travel and Tourism sector on Wednesday.

Officials said that this initiative has been launched in association with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, (BSNL), wherein BSNL would distribute pre-loaded SIM Cards to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa. This facility will be initially available in the Indira Gandhi International Airport (T3 Terminal), New Delhi and later cover remaining 15 international airports, where e-Visa facility is currently available.

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