NEW DELHI, JUNE 28
In a bid to encourage travel activities and to provide relief to the tourism industry, which is among the worst affected sectors by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Union government on Monday announced that it would offer tourist visa free of charge till March 31, 2022.
The financial implication of the move is expected in the range of Rs 100 crore.
As part of the financial relief package announced for the travel industry, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that once visa issuance is restarted, the first 5 lakh tourists’ visas will be issued free of charge.
The scheme will be applicable till March 31, 2022 or till 5 lakh visas are issued, whichever is earlier. The benefit will also be available only once per tourist.