Dreaming of Visa on Arrival
An article on the travel industry website Skift celebrates the increasing acceptance of visa on arrival procedures around the world. India now offers visa on arrival for some nationalities but has decided not to offer to visitors from some of the major countries like the UK. There is no known reason for India not to extend this service to more tourism visitors and indeed business visitors as it is both a major hindrance for visitors and impacts the competitiveness of the destination. As a company we have frequently lost prospective visitors because of visa issues. In fact it is a mjor reason for us to extend our service to Sri Lanka who already offer visa on arrival or very simple eVisa services through their website. Since Sri Lanka is every bit as terrorism phobic as the Indian government, it clearly demonstrates that there are no overriding issues to moving from antiquated and extremely inefficient visa services as they are operated now. As a businessman who travels to India every month, the recuurent annual need to send in my passport to have a new visa appended is both expensive. 2 to five year visa may appear in principle, but you won’t get one as far as I know.
Wake up India! If you want to compete with Thailand and Sri Lanka you will need to streamline your visa processes soon!