India bars Nigeria from new visa-on-arrival facility

Posted: February 26, 2014 in travel & tourism

fascinating nigeriaNigeria and seven other countries have been barred from the new visa-on-arrival facility planned by India in a bid to bid to boost its tourism industry.

India’s Planning Minister Mr. Rajeev Shukla who announced plans to extend visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from a total of 180, said the project excludes Nigeria as well as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Somalia.

Currently India’s visa-on-arrival is confined to 11 countries including Japan, Philippines and Singapore.

Shukla who cited no apparent reason for the exclusion of Nigeria along with the seven others, however described the visa-on-arrival facility as a landmark move in India’s tourism sector aimed at lifting the industry.

“We have decided to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 nations. It will take 5-6 months for the respective departments to put the required infrastructure in place. We hope to implement this from the next tourist session beginning October,” Shukla said.

The move is considered as a landmark in India’s tourism sector. “The facility will provide a major boost to the country’s tourism sector. This is historic,” Shukla said.

According to reports, it will take around 5-6 months to put the infrastructure in place.


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