Tiruchi airport gets e-tourist visa system


The Tiruchi International Airport on Saturday became one of the gateways for foreign tourists entering the country with e-tourist visas, an online visa issue system introduced by the Union government.

Tiruchi is now one of the 16 designated airports in the country, which have been approved as entry points for foreigners arriving in the country with e-tourist visas. While nine airports, including Chennai, were already approved, Tiruchi and six other airports – Amritsar, Gaya, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, and Varanasi – have been added to the system now, reports Hindu.

Under the system, foreign tourists can apply for visas through the website www.indianvisaonline.gov.in minimum four days in advance of their arrival. They can pay the fee online and would be required to arrive at the designated airports with a print out of the e-TV (tourist visa) generated online. The visas would have a validity of 30 days from the date of arrival. Biometric details of the applicant will be mandatorily captured on arrival in India. The facility can be availed for a maximum of two visits to the country in a calendar year.

The Airports Authority of India, the Bureau of Immigration and the National Informatics Centre have created the necessary infrastructure at the Tiruchi airport for the introduction of the system. Dedicated counters and equipment, including passport readers, bio-metric capture machines, web cameras and computers have been installed for the purpose. A team of immigration personnel has been trained in Chennai for the purpose. The system became operational at the airport at 12 a.m. on Saturday.


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