Goa to issue Visa-on-Arrival at Dabolim Airport – facility extended to 43 countries

Date:
28.11.2014


 


Panjim, November 27 – Getting to Goa is going to be easier for foreign tourists as the Central government has finally launched the much awaited Visa-on-Arrival facility today extending this to 43 countries.


Goa Dabolim Airport is one of the nine airports in India which has been included in the list for providing the facility.


The list of 43 countries considered for Visa on Arrival Facility are Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshal Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu and Vietnam. 


The cities where VoA will be issued includes Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. The single entry tourist visa is valid for a period of 30 days.


Shri Dilip Parulekar, Minister for Tourism, Government of Goa said, “I had been pursuing the issue of Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) and E-Visa with the Central Government for over more than two years.”
“We are very happy today to announce that the facilities have finally been launched and extended to 43 countries effectively from today,” Shri Parulekar said. He thanked the Central Government headed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Dr Mahesh Sharma and Union Defense Minister and ex-Chief Minister of Goa Shri Manohar Parrikar.


Shri Parulekar further said, “This facility will enable tourists from the 43 countries enlisted for this benefit to apply and procure the visa within 96 hours with a validity for 30 days which is extendable subject to approval from the respective embassies.”


Shri Parulekar mooted the need for aggressive marketing in these nations in order to ensure that travel agencies and tourists are made aware of the facility and to encourage foreign visitors to avail of this facility.


Goa Tourism is confident that the launch of VoA will   increase   foreign tourist arrivals from 12 to 15 per cent annually. “Within the  next four years  we  could  see the arrivals  doubling from five  lakh  to  one million,”  Shri  Parulekar said.