By James Mathew
UAE nationals will have access to a 60-day visa on arrival, with double entry for business, tourism, conference and medical purposes
UAE has joined a highly select group of countries whose nationals can get visa on arrival in India at 6 designated airports in the country.
India’s foreign ministry announced the decision to grant visa on arrival for Emiratis, which is only available to passport holders from Japan and South Korea.
Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkota are the Indian airports where UAE citizens can obtain visa on submission of the prescribed application, according to information provided by the Bureau of Immigration, under India’s Home Ministry.
UAE nationals will have access to a 60-day visa on arrival, with double entry for business, tourism, conference and medical purposes.
According to Bureau of Immigration, the visa on arrival facility, however, will only be available to those Emiratis who have obtained earlier an e-visa or paper visa to visit India.
“UAE nationals who are coming to India for the first time are advised to apply for e-visa or regular/paper visa,” the Bureau said.
Tourism and industry circles in India described the decision as a "big development" that could have a major impact on the tourism, medical tourism and business sectors in India.
“This will definitely encourage more and more nationals from UAE to travel to India for tourism and business purposes,” Pronab Sarkar, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), told Arabian Business.
“This will also have a multiple effect on medical tourism in India, as thousands of people from UAE come to India every year for medical purposes,” he added.