A process of applying for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) for visitors from the designated countries was brought in recently, enabling delegates to arrive in India at one of nine airports and obtain their visa on arrival.
Applications must be made a minimum of four days in advance of the date of arrival and the visa is valid for 30 days and can be obtained twice in a calendar year.
The Indian government has said it hopes to extend the scheme to an additional 109 countries if the first phase is implemented successfully.
Organisers of ibtm india 2015, Reed Travel Exhibitions, have welcomed the development and say that exhibitors and hosted buyers will be among those that can now benefit from the change, as well as tourists, from the 43 countries that include the US, Russia, Ukraine, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, Germany and Japan, who no longer have to queue at their local consulates to obtain visas.
“This is very good news for our international exhibitors and hosted buyers attending ibtm india 2015 in Jaipur, 1-3 September. These new visa rules will also help to unleash the huge potential of the country’s growing MICE industry,” said Shinu Pillai, exhibition manager of the ibtm india and ibtm Africa trade shows.
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