Visa On Arrival Makes Kerala More Attractive Tourist Destination

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Beginning 15 August, Kerala became the only state in the country to have two airports offering visa on arrival to tourists with this facility in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. This facility, called Tourist Visa On Arrival or simply T-VoA will enthuse more foreign tourists to head to this beautiful coastal region of southern India. There will be a 250 sq feet room in the immigration section especially dedicated to deal with tourists who seek visa on arrival and it will be manned by experts from Intelligence Bureau. There will be features like signage, displays, photographing of tourists and foreign exchange counters to make it easier for the international tourists.

 

 

Visa on arrival has been at present restricted to tourists from11 countries only. But it has already started to pay rich dividends with Kerala registering arrival of 789698 tourists from abroad in the year 2012 and foreign exchange earnings touching 4500 crore rupees. The Chief Minister of Kerala, Oman Chandy, expressed happiness on this development saying T-VoA will encourage more international tourists to come to Kerala. He inspected the facilities of T-VoA at T’Puram airport along with Tourism Minister Anil Kumar.

 

The feature of T-VoA allows tourists from Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Luxemburg, Vietnam, Laos, and Finland to pay $60 and apply for a short visa of up to30 days upon arrival in India. This type of visa can be applied for twice in a year and it is valid sightseeing and recreation. Tourists applying for this visa should not have a permanent residence in India and their passport should have a minimum validity of 6 months. Tourists are required to produce proof of hotel bookings and their return tickets when applying for this special visa.

 

T-VoA is aimed at making Kerala, also called God’s own country, as a gateway to India.

 

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