14 April, New Delhi
The Tourist Visa on Arrival-Electronic Travel Authorization scheme will be renamed to e-Tourist Visa from tomorrow, Wednesday .
A Home Ministry release said, it has been observed that the current name of the scheme is creating confusion among tourists and they presumed as if the Visa is being granted on arrival.
However, at present the system of pre-authorization of Visa to foreigners is being given prior to travel. The release said, Home Ministry had also received the requests of name change from some Indian embassies.
It said, the extension of the scheme to more countries and airports will be in a phased manner, in order to avoid any confusion.
Centre had launched Tourist Visa on Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization on 27th November last year to 44 countries at nine airports to facilitate short duration international travelers.
Since the launch of the scheme, one lakh ten thousand Visas have been issued by government under this scheme.