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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 33406 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2014-07-20 07:43:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-07-20 07:43:30 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_33407" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="Buddhist monks and local villagers walk down the steps from Thiksay Monastery in Ladakh, India. Pic: AP."][/caption] THE Indian visa office in Kathmandu's Thamel district has long held an allure for spur-of-the-moment travellers. Located on a cramped street flanked by open sewers and loitering rickshaw peddlers, it is one of Asia's few Indian visa offices that issue all foreigners tourist visas on short notice. A haven amongst a regime drowned in fickle bureaucratic restraints, the queues of rugged backpackers crowding its doors is a common sight, but one that is soon to change.  In a triumph for Indian tourism, a new visa-on-arrival scheme will now see tourists from over 180 countries able to obtain tourist visas upon arrival in India. Expected to come into effect on October 1, this new liberalised visa regime will now open India up as a last minute getaway destination that places it on par with its Asian counterparts. Current Visa Scheme Indian's visa on arrival scheme initially came into effect for 11 countries in October 2013, which include New Zealand, Vietnam and Japan. However, for all other nationalities, the archaic visa regime has remained in place. In the majority of countries, travellers are required to complete an online visa form and post their passport to their Indian Embassy along with photos and a pre-paid envelope for their documents to be returned. With the rare few exceptions, like Kathmandu's visa office, this process must be carried out by travellers from their own countries with weeks and even months known to pass before passports turn up again in the post. Visa-on-Arrival Scheme As of October, nearly all nationalities can avail of the new visa scheme. Countries that India view as a security risk, however, which are Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia, are excluded from this list of 180 countries. Under the new scheme, which has been assisted by the implementation of the e-visa facility, the entire pre-departure process can be done online. Visitors only have to fill out an online form and pay the prescribed fee, after which they will receive an electronic version of the visa via email within three days. All that is left for travellers once they touchdown is to verify their identity and show their travel authorisation at the airport immigration facilities. Altogether there are 26 designated airports that can issue visas on arrival. The price of visas fees is also expected to be reduced for short-term travellers in the near future. The one draw back of the visa-on-arrival scheme is that tourist visas will initially only be issued for 30 days. If visitors wish to extend beyond one month, they will have to get another visa from the embassy. [post_title] => India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme [post_excerpt] => THE Indian visa office in Kathmandu's Thamel district has long held an allure for spur-of-the-moment travellers. Located on a cramped street flanked by open sewers and loitering rickshaw peddlers, it is one of Asia's few Indian visa offices that issue all foreigners tourist visas on short notice. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => india-to-introduce-new-visa-on-arrival-scheme-for-180-countries [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-07-20 07:44:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-07-20 07:44:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33406 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme
July 20, 2014 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

THE Indian visa office in Kathmandu’s Thamel district has long held an allure for spur-of-the-moment travellers. Located on a cramped street flanked by open sewers and loitering rickshaw peddlers, it is one of Asia’s few Indian visa offices that issue all foreigners tourist visas on short notice.

On the road: The best two-wheel adventures in Asia

On the road: The best two-wheel adventures in Asia
June 2, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FOR a chance to really get off the beaten track, feel the wind in your hair and explore some of Asia’s most beautiful regions, a motorbike is really the vehicle of choice. With options to buy or rent in many countries, it’s also often a cost effective means of getting around and leaves you plenty…>

6 places to enjoy the Asia-Pacific love affair with camels

6 places to enjoy the Asia-Pacific love affair with camels
April 25, 2014 - 1 Comments - Jo Lane

CAMELS grace the deserts, grasslands and mountains of Asia-Pacific from places as diverse as India, China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Australia. They are much loved and even celebrated around the region for their contributions as working animals and for providing milk and meat and hair.

In pictures: The Buddhas, temples and monasteries of Asia

In pictures: The Buddhas, temples and monasteries of Asia
February 10, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FROM enormous Buddha statues to monasteries perched on cliff tops or located in remote valleys, Buddhism plays a huge role across Asia.

Picture of the Day: A snowy day in Shimla, India

Picture of the Day: A snowy day in Shimla, India
January 20, 2014 - 1 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

A monkey sits on a railing and looks skywards in snow-covered Shimla, India, Saturday. The northern Indian hill town has been covered in a blanket of snow after it received its first heavy snowfall of the season Friday night. (AP Photo)

5 affordable Asian honeymoon adventures

5 affordable Asian honeymoon adventures
December 8, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

THERE’S so much pressure when it comes to choosing a honeymoon destination – after all, it is only made out to be the biggest trip of your life. Your honeymoon is supposed to be your chance to get away from the stress of wedding planning and social obligations and simply connect and unwind as a…>

Top travel moments of 2013

Top travel moments of 2013
December 6, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FROM the anniversary of the Everest climb to airways that charge per weight, the release of films that put tourism on the map and lots of travel awards, 2013 has brought a range of tourism experiences to the Asia-Pacific region.  January Qantas Airways passengers between Cairns and Port Moresby watched a large python clinging to…>

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