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QUESTION NO.450 SIMPLIFYING VISA PROCESS FOR DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

February 07, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.450
TO BE ANSWERED ON 07.02.2019

SIMPLIFYING VISA PROCESS FOR DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

450. SHRI HISHEY LACHUNGPA :

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has taken any steps to simplify the process of obtaining visa from different countries of the world, especially the most visited ones and particularly in the case of tourism related visit to these places;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether at present the visa application process for most of the favoured destinations is a very cumbersome affair, as a result of which many cases of cheating and frauds occur;

(d) if so, the details thereof; and

(e) what steps Government has taken to prevent such exploitation of gullible visa-seeking people from fraudsters?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]


(a) to (e) Granting visa is a sovereign and unilateral decision of the respective country. The Government of India has been continuously liberalizing visa policy with the objective of promoting investments and tourism into India from other countries. The e-Visa scheme has been expanded to include 166 countries and territories till date. These initiatives are expected to encourage other countries to reciprocate and facilitate travel of Indian passport holders in their countries. Whenever specific instances of problems being faced by Indian nationals are brought to the attention of the Ministry, these are taken up with country concerned and/or law enforcement agencies, as appropriate for assistance.
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