A senior official said the government was in the process of rolling out the facility that will be available at designated airports from March 1. “Not all categories of visa would be included in the scheme immediately. We have decided that to make the country investor-friendly, we will first extend the facility to business and conference visa seekers. Other categories like research and medical are not being included as of now,” a senior government official said.
After Mr. Modi made the announcement, the proposal was sent to intelligence agencies for their comments. The agencies are said to be on board for the proposal for Japanese citizens, though a screening would be done once they arrive here.
Though an official announcement said that the facility would be extended to South Korea in the next few days.
“A visa on arrival facility means that an applicant would not have to wait for days to travel to India. It will cut red tape and an applicant would be informed within three days through e-mail whether he or she can travel to a destination in India. The Indian Embassy has its own data and it will scan for suspicious travelers,” the official said.