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Nov 27   Press Release on Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA)

Ministry of Tourism

Government of India

Press Release


Union Home Minister & Tourism Minister launch landmark Tourist Visa on Arrival Enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization Scheme


Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, along with Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C), Tourism & Culture, Civil Aviation, today launched the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Scheme.


The TVoA enabled with ETA Scheme will facilitate nationals of 43 countries to travel to India for tourism for a short stay of 30 days. The countries are Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kingdom of Tongo, Laos, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Papua & New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Korea (i.e. South Korea), Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam and Vanuatu.


The TVoA enabled with ETA would enable the prospective visitor to apply for an Indian Visa from his/her home country online without visiting the Indian Mission and also pay the visa fee online. Once approved, the applicant will receive an email authorising him/her to travel to India and he/she can travel with a print out of this authorization. On arrival, the visitor has to present the authorisation to the immigration authorities who would then stamp the entry into the country


Union Home Minister stated :There is a great potential for promoting the Tourism Industry in the country. Our Govt. has decided that the existing manual system for processing Visa on Arrival has to be changed to IT based and now Electronic Travel Authorization is available for 43 countries in 72 hours. This is a big facility.
He assured that MHA will create a framework to ensure safety & security of tourists in India.


The Minister of State (Independent Charge) Tourism & Culture, Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said This is a dream cum true for the entire Tourism Industry of India and is bound to positively impact the economy of the country . Our objective is to boost tourism to our country and implementation of TVoA enabled with ETA will send a clear and powerful message that India is serious in making travel to the country easy.


The Union Tourism Minister thanked all concerned, including officials from Ministry of Home Affairs, Bureau of Immigration ,Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Informatics Center, Airports Authority of India and private Airport Operators for their whole hearted cooperation in making this happen.


This facility is available to Foreigners whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight- seeing, short duration medical treatment, casual business visit, casual visit to meet friends or relatives etc. and not valid for any other purpose/activities. This will allow entry into India within 30 days from the date of approval of ETA. and will be Valid for 30 days stay in India from the date of arrival in India. The TVoA enabled with ETA cannot be availed more than twice in a calendar year. The facility will be available at 9 International airports in the country namely Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Goa.


The facility will encourage people to travel with short-term planning, take via routes while travelling to other countries and bring family members while on business visits.


The information and instructions for the TVoA enabled with ETA is available on https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

Dec 12   "Swachh Vidyalaya" campaign

Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has launched the  "Swachh Vidyalaya" campaign with the aim of providing toilets to all schools in India. Individuals/Companies and other entities have the chance to contribute to this noble initiative by building toilet blocks in allocated schools of their choice. The list of schools requiring toilets and contact details of nodal officers are available at:  http://udise.in/SRC-New/ReportModule/Toilet/Report.aspx Entities who intend to support the initative may also directly get in touch with Dr. Nagesh Singh, Economic Adviser, MHRD on his telephone: +91-11-23381721 or on his email:nagesh.edu@nic.in Contribute to the cause and be a part of this transformation.


Dec 24   Notice For Indian Nationals Holding Hand Written Passports

All Indian nationals/citizens of India residing in Israel are informed that with effect from 25th November 2015 all Hand-Written Passports will become INVALID. Therefore, Indian nationals who are holding such handwritten/non-machine readable passports are advised to immediately approach the Embassy of India and apply for a new passport in accordance with current standard procedure. They may please note that the foreign governments may deny them visa on a hand written passport.

Feb 09   Tel Aviv University offers full scholarships for outstanding students from India


JUNE 28 – JULY 28, 2017



The Food Safety and Security Summer Institute is a unique program offering graduate-level students with tools to meet the growing need for a new generation of well-rounded academics who can combine their specific expertise with a broad understanding of food security related issues. 

 Beyond the top level academic courses, students will participate in an exciting social and cultural program that will allow them to interact with other students and to be exposed to Israeli agricultural innovation.


The purpose of this program is to explore the many dimensions of food security. Together, students and lecturers from different countries and disciplines develop a new “language” of food security – in a manner of true interdisciplinary education. 


Participants will have the opportunity to choose one of two offered tracks: Agriculture or Policy and Nutrition. Each track will contain three weeklong courses totaling 7 credits. The courses will be given by leading Israeli and international experts.

Both tracks begin with an Introduction to Food Security course covering global food security issues ranging from modern approaches to crop development and agro economics to the intersection between health, agriculture, post-harvest and nutrition. The two tracks offer students the ability to delve deeper into specific fields.

 The Agriculture Track covers advanced topics in plant biology including desert agriculture, and Plant Metabolomics: Advances, Applications, and Techniques.

The Policy and Nutrition Track covers topics in policy and economics of food security (international development and agricultural economics), and nutrition.

The Water Track covers the courses  Water Contamination: Processes and Mechanisms and Water and Wastewater Treatment. This is a new track in collaboration with The Water Research Center at Tel Aviv University.


For the Policy and Nutrition Track, students need to have an undergraduate degree in any relevant humanities, social sciences or health field, for example: 

public health, economics, policy, law, geography, international development.

For the Agriculture Track, students need to have a BSc degree in plant sciences, agriculture, biotechnology, forestry, or a related field. Students must have a strong background in biology.

Please click for details

Nov 08   Courses for Israeli nationals in Nalanda University


Dec 31   The deadline for conversion of PIO Card to OCI FREE OF CHARGE is December 31, 2017

After this date, a fees of USD 275 shall be charged for conversion of PIO to OCI.

After OCTOBER 31, 2018, as per ICAO international guidelines, all handwritten PIOs shall CEASE TO BE VALID and visitors would be deported from India.


Feb 03   International MA Programme with scholarships at Haifa University

International MA Programme with scholarships at Haifa University

Haifa University is offering scholarships for its International MA programmes in Child Development. Please click on the following documents for details and application forms.

International Program in Child Development - Janaury 2017 updated




Feb 13   Summer Course on Sustainable Agricultural Solutions in Ben Gurion University
Ben Gurion University is offering partial scholarships to Indian students for its Summer Course on Sustainable Agricultural Solutions from July 2-27, 2017. Deadline for registration is March 1, 2017. Please click on the link for further details.
Jun 12   Introduction of 24x7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Helpline number 1800111363

Introduction of 24x7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Helpline number 1800111363 for Foreign Tourists visiting India


The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has  launched a 24x7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Helpline in 12 International Languages including  Hindi & English. This service is available on the  toll free number1800111363 or on a short code 1363 and is operational 24x7(365 days in a year), offering a "multilingual help desk",(Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish).  The objective of this multi-lingual helpline is to provide information, relating to travel and tourism in India to the domestic and international tourists. The helpline also advises callers during the times of distress, if any, while traveling in India and alerts the concerned authorities, if required.

Jan 24   Foreign Nationals visiting India as part of Cruise tourism on Tourist Visa on Arrival (e-Visa)

Foreign Nationals visiting India as part of Cruise tourism on Tourist Visa on Arrival (e-Visa) have been exempted from biometric enrolments at the ports of Mumbai, Cochin, Mormugao, Chennai and New Mangalore for a period of three years i.e. till 31.12.2020

Apr 17   Pravsai Bhartiya Samman Awards 2019
Jun 11   Application for inclusion of name in Electoral Roll by an overseas Indian elector
Jun 29   Dhai Akhar Letter Writing Campaign
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