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Tourism minister discusses visa on arrival with Home minister

DELHI

The Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Civil Aviation and Culture (Independent Charge), Mahesh Sharma met the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh in Delhi today to discuss issues related to Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) scheme.

Rajnath Singh also approved a Committee under the Chairmanship of Additional Secretary (Foreigners) with three Joint Secretaries from MHA, Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Civil Aviation as members. This Committee will meet periodically and resolve issues concerning Visa facilitation and Tourism promotion.

The ministers discussed the issue of biometric collection at airports given the fact the fact that the TVOA scheme includes biometric collection on arrival. Over 150 countries will be covered under TVOA scheme over the next one year.

The Home Minister assured the Minister for Tourism that these suggestions will definitely be considered in taking the decision very shortly. Singh also promised that suggestion regarding double entry for TVOA applicants and increasing the period from one month to two months will also be examined keeping in view the security considerations.

Sharma suggested that Bureau of Immigration officials should be given training as they are the first point of contacts with the tourists. Rajnath Singh asked the Minister for Tourism to submit a proposal to MHA in this regard so that the same can be considered expeditiously.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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