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Issue of visa-free entry (Relevant for GS Paper II and III)

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has informed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) that they were against a proposal to allow “visa-free” entry to business visitors and tourists from eighteen key countries, including China.

Reasons by MHA
Electronic tourist visa on arrival (eTV), it said, was granted within 48 hours of an application being received in almost 87 per cent of the cases. Normal tourist visas, which were valid for six months, were issued within three days in 90 per cent of the cases.

According to MHA, the security situation in India is not conducive for this kind of a waiver.

View of Commerce Ministry
Commerce Ministry argues dispensing with the visa requirement for business visitors and tourists from countries belonging to the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) countries.

According to Ministry of Commerce, dispensing with the visa requirement for business visitors and tourists will boost foreign investment, trade with other countries and expenditure by foreign tourists in India.
 



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