Wednesday the 25th of January marks India’s National Tourism Day, a day to raise awareness about the importance of tourism to the country and its economy.
India is a vast and beautiful country filled with all manner of things to do and places to see. It comes as no surprise that people from all over the world travel there for the culture, heritage, nature, education, business opportunities, sporting events, and more.
Tourism in India continued to expand in 2016, with a double-digit increase in international visitor arrivals.
Since the introduction of the e-Tourist visa, India has seen a huge growth in foreign arrivals with numbers almost doubling compared to 2015. According to data released by India’s Ministry of Tourism, the country welcomed a total of 8.89 million international visitors in 2016, up 10.7% compared to 2015.
1.08 million e-Tourist Visas were issued at Indian Airports in 2016.
Introduced in 2015, the e-Tourist Visa scheme has seen massive growth after its initial success. As a result, the Indian government decided to expand the e-Tourist Scheme to 113 countries and territories and made available at 16 Indian airports.
Accounting for approximately 12% of total arrivals. The system is now in place for the citizens of 161 countries.
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We all know that, when travelling, different countries have different visa requirements. For example, travel to Turkey may require you to obtain an e-visa whereas travel to America could see you needing an ESTA and some countries only needing a visa on arrival or not needing a visa at all… but what is the difference? and what types of visa are out there?
Alongside the standard full visas for tourist and business purposes, here are some of the other common types of visa that travellers may need:
An ESTA is an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation. This is required for travel in to the USA if you are a citizen of a country that is a part of The Visa Waiver Program.
Applying for an ESTA only determines your eligibility for entry into America.
The US use the ESTA in place of a visa (for citizens of certain countries) and is electronically applied to your e-passport.
*Please note: There are many different types of visa that can be applied for when travelling to America, from an A visa all the way to a WT visa, depending on your purpose of travel and eligibility.
An e-Visa grants authorisation to enter the particular country you have applied for. It has the same effect as a normal visa but is applied electronically. This kind of visa is applied and paid for online. e-Visas are available for varied validities dependant on the issuing country (from 30 to 90 days). If you do not qualify for an e-Visa you will need to apply for a full visa.
Countries that use the e-visa scheme are as listed below:
An eTA is an “Electronic Tourist Authorisation” which, as you guessed, authorises tourists to enter certain countries when travelling. The can also be referred to as an “Electronic Tourist Authority”. They are applied to your passport electronically and so leaves out the need for any physical documentation to be submitted for the application.
In some instances you may need to obtain an eTA even if you are transiting through that specific country. Also, the duration of the eTA can vary – for example, a Canadian eTA can last for 5 years.
Countries that use the eTA scheme are as listed below:
This type of visa is valid for travellers who do not wish to stay in the country, but only to pass through it. The visa is temporary and only valid for a short period of time. Some countries require that you have a stop over of 24 hours minimum to grant you a transit visa. But, others provide a transit visa for a stop over as small as 4 hours.
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This year’s 2016 ICC World Twenty20 will be held in India from the 8th of March until the 3rd of April.
It will be hosted in 7 different Indian cities across the country: Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Nagpur, Mohali and Dharamshala; with the first match being played in Nagpur on the 8th of March and the final being played at the Eden Gardens of Kolkata.
For those of you follow cricket you probably already know how it works, but in short, 16 teams enter the competition. There are two rounds with two groups each consisting of four teams:
Teams then battle through the groups to advance to the knock-out stages where they then progress to semi-finals and the finals.
As it is not being broadcast on national television in the UK, you may be wondering how can you watch the World Cup. Australians can watch on Fox Sports, UK and New Zealanders can view the matches on Sky Sports and Americans can watch on ESPN. In India, Start Sports will be showing all the games featured in this event or you could tune in to DD National who will only be broadcasting India’s games.
Alternatively you can stream live on www.starsports.com
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