For the promotion of tourism, Foreigners visiting our country with e-tourist visa are likely to be given mobile SIM cards. As part of the proposal, the tourism ministry is planning to gift a kit comprising a SIM card, maps, booklets and CD with information about various tourist destinations, guidelines relating to dos and don’ts, details regarding whom to contact in case of any emergency, among other things.
The e-tourist visa is currently given to citizens of 113 countries and government plans to raise it to 150 countries by March 31, 2016. Tourists can arrive in 16 designated airports across the country. Tourist visa on arrival, enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), popularly known as e-tourist visa scheme was launched on November 27, 2014.
Under the e-tourist visa scheme, an applicant receives an email authorising him or her to travel to India. After it is approved and he or she can travel with a print-out of this authorisation. On arrival, the visitor has to present the authorisation to the immigration authorities who would then stamp the entry into the country.