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India to extend e-visa facility to more nations

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The government on Wednesday said it has finalised arrangements to extend and implement e-tourist visa facility to people from China, Hong Kong and Macau with effect from July 30.

The total number of countries or territories covered under the e-tourist visa scheme will now go up from 74 to 77, an official release said on Wednesday. The scheme will be extended to more countries in a phased manner.

Under this scheme, tourists with e-tourist visas can arrive at nine designated airports — Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Trivandrum.

Since the launch of the scheme, about two lakh e-toursist visas have been issued to nationals of different countries, it added.