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New visa rule to encourage stopovers in India

New visa rule to encourage stopovers in India
5 Feb 2013

The Indian government is considering introducing a new transit visa, allowing travellers to make a two or three-day stopover in the country.

Tourists transiting through the country would be able to secure a 48 or 72-hour visa under the proposed rules to enable them to pay a quick visit to some of India's premier attractions.

'We hope to encourage leisure and business travellers headed for south-east Asia or our neighbourhood to prolong their stay in India,' a tourism ministry source said.

And Indian Association of Tour Operators president Subhash Goyal told the Times of India: 'If we offer them a transit visa so that they can go to Agra from Delhi or Goa from Mumbai, there will be a boom in our hospitality industry business.'

The majority of flights to India land at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, which currently handles around 36m passengers a year but could see as many 100m by 2030.

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