Extension of e-Tourist Visa scheme to 37 more countries
Effective February 25, 2016, the e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) facility
will be extended to 37 more countries bringing the tally up to a
total of 150 countries.
The 37 countries that will now be included in e-Tourist Visa
scheme are Albania, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana,
Brunei, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Comoros, Cote d'lvoire, Croatia,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece,
Guinea, Iceland, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Moldova,
Namibia, Romania, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, South
Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad & Tobago,
Zambia and Zimbabwe.
VoA for Japanese Nationals
Visa on Arrival facility will be extended to Japanese nationals
effective March 1, 2016, in addition to the e-Tourist Visa.
Submission of OCI in Lieu of PIO Extended to June 30, 2016
The date for the submission of online applications by Person of
Indian Original (PIO) cardholders to register as Overseas Citizen
of India (OCI) has now been extended till June 30, 2016.
India Business Card – Special Business Visas for SAARC
From April 1, 2016, India will offer multi-city, multiple-entry
business visas to nationals of South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation (SAARC) countries coming to India on business.
This business visa, to be called "India Business
Card", will be granted for five years or less, to businessmen
of any member state of the SAARC, including Pakistan.
For Pakistani nationals to qualify for a three-year
multiple-entry card, they should run an enterprise worth INR ten
million and should have an annual income of at least PKR one
million (Pakistani rupees). Such Pakistani enterprises should also
be members of any Chamber of Commerce in Pakistan that India
The added advantage offered is that under the new scheme,
Pakistani entrepreneurs will be exempted from reporting at the
local police station, which is generally mandatory Pakistani
nationals coming to India on any other visa now.
Currently Pakistani nationals are eligible for multiple-entry
business visa for a maximum period of one year and can travel to
ten cities / places. The new scheme offers facility to travel to 15
cities for three years.
Nationals of SAARC Countries other than Pakistan that is
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives are not subject to any special
visa conditions. Bhutan and Nepal nationals do not require a visa
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In response to growing demands to introduce dual citizenship from its overseas diaspora,
India introduced the concept of the person of Indian origin (a "PIO") in 2002 and an overseas
citizen of India (an "OCI") in 2006 as categories of persons who enjoy certain legal rights in
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