India grants double entry e-visa facility to foreign tourists

- Post Report, Kathmandu
With the double-entry benefits, tourists coming India can visit Nepal and can return to India within the stipulated time

Jul 9, 2017-India has agreed to allow double entry e-visa facility to foreign tourists. 

The new provision allows e-visa holders to enter and re-enter India by land. 

With the double-entry benefits, tourists coming India can visit Nepal and can return to India within the stipulated time. 

Previously, the facility was only available to those with a stamped sticker visa on their passport. 

“The decision means foreign tourists with Indian e-visa can now travel to bordering Nepal and return back to India,” said tourism entrepreneur Bikram Pandey, who attended the first meeting of Network of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Trade and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Tour Operators that concluded in New Delhi India on Friday.

“The new provision will help us bring more third country tourists from India to Nepal. They will enter Nepal from India, stay few days here and return back to India,” said Pandey, the promoter of Buddhist Circuits, “It will help us bring more tourists to Lumbini, Chitwan and Pokhara and other tourists sites as Cross Border Tourism within Nepali territory.”

A five-member Nepali delegation led by Acting Director General of Department of Tourism, Durga Dutta Dhakal, represented Nepal in the Network of BIMSTEC Tour Operators meeting. 

Other members of the team were Ashok Pokarel, president of Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) and Shikhar Prasai, managing director of Natraj Tours.

In the meeting, participating tour operators shared their experience of handling tourist groups in the member states of BIMSTEC. 

Other issues discussed in the meeting were preparing a common tour package, 

setting up hospitality desk at the airports of all member states, preparing webpage of BIMSTEC tour operators and simplifying visa for citizens of member states to increase movement of tourists in the region, according to Dhakal.

The next meeting of Network of BIMSTEC Tour Operators will be held in Sri Lanka.

Established in 1997, the BIMSTEC is a sub-regional forum of seven countries-Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Published: 09-07-2017 09:35

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