List of 43 countries which will get Visa-on-arrival at Goa, Bengaluru airports

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Panaji, Nov 28: The Centre has extended the visa-on-arrival facility at the Goa airport for tourists from 43 countries, which is expected to bring in a 15% growth in tourism during the ongoing season.

Goa's Dabolim airport is among one of the nine places that has extended this facility, which will further improve the prospects of its tourism growth, state tourism minister Dilip Parulekar told reporters on Thursday, Nov 27.

Goa airport

The cities where VoA (visa-on-arrival) will be issued include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

The countries included in the list are -

  1. Australia
  2. Brazil
  3. Cambodia
  4. Cook Islands
  5. Djibouti
  6. Fiji
  7. Finland
  8. Germany
  9. Indonesia
  10. Israel
  11. Japan
  12. Jordan
  13. Kenya
  14. Kiribati
  15. Laos
  16. Luxembourg
  17. Marshal Islands
  18. Mauritius
  19. Mexico
  20. Micronesia
  21. Myanmar
  22. Nauru
  23. New Zealand
  24. Niue Island
  25. Norway
  26. Oman
  27. Palau
  28. Palestine
  29. Papua New Guinea
  30. Philippines
  31. Republic of Korea
  32. Russia
  33. Samoa
  34. Singapore
  35. Solomon Islands
  36. Thailand
  37. Tonga
  38. Tuvalu
  39. UAE
  40. Ukraine
  41. USA
  42. Vanuatu
  43. Vietnam

The single-entry tourist visa will be valid for 30 days, the minister said. The state government had been pursuing the issue of VoA and e-visa with the Central government for over two years, he said.

"We are very happy to announce that the facilities have finally been launched and extended to 43 countries effectively from yesterday," Parulekar said. "This facility will enable tourists from the 43 countries enlisted for the benefit to apply and procure the visa within 96 hours with a validity of 30 days, which is extendable subject to approval from the respective embassies," he added.

He mooted the need for aggressive marketing in these countries in order to ensure that travel agencies and tourists are made aware of the facility and to encourage foreign visitors to avail it.

Goa tourism department is confident that the launch of VoA will increase foreign tourist arrivals from 12 to 15% annually. "Within the next four years, we could see the arrivals doubling from five lakh to one million," Parulekar said.

PTI

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