The Indian government announced in late November that travelers from 43 countries could apply for their tourist visas to India online and receive travel authorization via email, a move that has already greatly reduced the amount of time and effort required to travel to India. After arriving in India, travelers who have completed the online process and received acceptance will have their passports stamped with a 30-day Indian tourist visa at an immigration counter.
Before the new service rolled out on November 27, potential travelers to India faced a lengthy visa acquisition process that required either visits to an Indian consulate or subcontracting the processing through a visa acquisition service.
Humayun's Tomb is one of the three World Heritage Sites in Delhi protected by UNESCO.
New tourist visa on arrival services and facilities are expected to increases tourist numbers in India.
Officials with the Indian government believe the new services and corresponding facilities will greatly increase the number of travelers visiting India, which sees only a fraction of the tourist footfalls of other Asian destinations like Thailand.
“[This new process] is a dream come true for the Indian tourism industry, and [is] bound to impact [India’s] economy,” said Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of State tourism and Culture.